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Did you know the flowers, leaves and roots of the dandelion are all edible? This so-called pesky weed is considered by some to be a miracle weed and contains several minerals including calcium, magnesium and iron. High in beta-carotene and polyphenols gives the dandelion strong antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. See note below for additional information. Enjoy this tea hot or iced.

 

dandelion-teaDandelion Flower Tea Recipe

INGREDIENTS
• Gather a liter of pesticide-free fresh dandelion flowers

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOT TEA
• Remove stems/leaves, rinse heads well with cool water
• Put flowers in a teapot or heatproof container and pour over 3 cups freshly boiled water
• Steep 10 minutes
• Strain and add honey and lemon if desired

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ICED TEA
• Remove stems/leaves, rinse heads well with cool water
• Put flowers in a teapot or heatproof container and pour over 2 cups freshly boiled water
• Steep 15 – 30 minutes
• Strain and cool strained tea in the fridge
• Add the juice of 3 – 4 lemons or limes to cooled tea
• Sweeten to taste with honey or sweetener of choice
• Refrigerate until well chilled
• Serve over ice, garnished with fresh dandelion blossom and basil or mint sprig.
Refreshing, healthy and delicious!

SERVINGS
Makes 2-3 cups of tea depending on the size of the flower heads and if making hot or iced tea. Iced tea is brewed stronger and steeped longer than hot tea.

TIPS
• Dandelion leaves and roots can be added to the flowers to make an extra healthy tea. The leaves are considered a bitter green, so just add a bit of extra honey if needed.
• Take dandelion leaves from the cup over to the plate by sautéing or adding to a stir-fry. Delicious!

NOTE: While dandelion is generally considered safe in moderate amounts, as with all herbs, leaves, roots and flowers, allergies and side effects are possible. Know your allergens and always check with your health care provider before consuming them for medicinal purposes.

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