Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, is a highly nutritious plant imported from Europe and used by all for it’s medicinal values. As for it’s edibility you can eat the sound flower buds and flowers but remove the green sepals first. Medicinally, it was used as a stomachic, tonic, diuretic, laxative and aperient. So basically it affects the stomach, gives you energy and relieves constipation.
Here is a recipe from All Recipes
1 quart yellow dandelion blossoms, well rinsed
1 gallon boiling water
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
8 cups white sugar
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon slice
- Place the dandelion blossoms into the boiling water, and allow to stand for 4 minutes. Remove and discard blossoms, and let the water cool to 90 degrees F (32 degrees C).
- Stir in the yeast, sugar, orange slices and lemon slice; pour into a plastic fermentor and attach a fermentation lock. Let the wine ferment in a cool area until the bubbles stop, 10 to 14 days. Siphon the wine off of the lees and strain through a cheesecloth before bottling in quart-sized, sterilized canning jars with lids and rings. Age the wine at least a week for the best flavor.
Prep time: 1 hr. Cook: 10 minutes Ready in: 21 days
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