Dandelions offer another great free food in the form of their pretty sunny blooms!
They bring a sweet sunny honey flavour to dishes.
I had previously read that they hold plenty of Vitamin A and C, and iron. Further research this week led me to Proverbs31Woman who has collected some information on their nutrition - she also has some great dandy recipes and has complied a whole cookbook dedicated to them.
Here are 16 of our favourite ways to use them:
- the petals look prettiest sprinkled over the top
- use the petals instead of basil, carefully adding garlic granules for a mild hit, and the hard cheese, to make Sunshine Pesto
- as your Sunshine Pesto
- or on spaghetti with salt, pepper, garlic granules, and a little oil for dressing
Mixed into cream cheese for an interesting lunch time sandwich
In cakes or cookies
- alone as Dandelion Blossom Cake
- with lemon
- alongside sweet sultanas
- they make gorgeous sunny-flecked shortbread or cookies
- in a sponge pudding to serve with custard after Sunday dinner
- add to muffins or oat flapjacks to bring sunshine to grey spring mornings
- I have added blooms to both orange and lemon varieties of marmalade to great success
- Sprinkle petals over the top of vanilla ice cream for a sweet spring-time floral treat
- the battered and fried blooms, as in the recipe generously shared by Proverbs31Woman, are fantastic
- we like the batter seasoned with salt and pepper only, a little semolina added for extra crunchy batter, and mixed with onion rings done in the same batter, to be served with homemade pizza!