As children, we used to help our great grandmother to pick herbs and plants to dry and keep for winter to make tea. She would always make something out of nothing like this simple, but tasty Rosemary & Lemon water.
Somehow, it wasn’t until I was a bit grown up and we spend the summers backpacking, that I discovered (to my sheer surprise!) that you can make tea from the fresh flowers, leaves and herbs too!
At this point, you are probably thinking: ‘What the heck, I didn’t even know you can make tea from anything else than just a tea bag!’ Yes, I know, my childhood was a bit different to most people…of my age…
If you’ve enjoyed my Iced Peach Tea, I’m sure you’ll love this recipe too!
At this point, you might be also thinking, why even drink dandelion tea. Well, here are few points that might make this a little clearer:
- There are plenty of dandelion flowers around from early march to late summer and most people regard them as a weed. You’ll feel pretty smug knowing that you can make tea from the flowers and save yourself some money and a trip to a specialist herbal shop!
- Tea made from dandelion flowers is quite delicate and it’s very soothing for the stomach.
- It’s very safe way to start drinking herbal tea. You can make the dandelion tea a bit stronger if you like, by adding more flowers (or infusing the flowers for bit longer), but I find that the delicate flavour is a great change from a traditional black tea.
How to prepare your dandelion flowers
First of all make sure that you collect your dandelions from a clean, non-spoiled area. This could be your own garden, meadow or countryside, but beware of picking the flowers from road sides, frequently visited parts of your local park or meadows next to commercial farms or anywhere where you think the dandelions might have been spoiled by polution.
Pick the whole stems like a picking a bouquet of flowers and take them home. It you hold your flowers upside down, any bugs or little creatures will fall out naturally and you won’t end up with them in your tea.
But, getting back to the subject of dandelion tea, let me share with you how easy is to make this flower tea recipe.
Pick out the yellow and white flower stems and place them in the tea pot or a strainer. Pour boiling water over them, leave to infuse and add a few drops of lemon juice and honey if you like.
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Dandelion flower tea recipe
- handful dandelion flower tips more if you'd like your tea to be stronger
- 500 ml boiling water
- 1/2 tsp honey to taste
- lemon juice to taste
- Collect a handful of dandelion flower tips and remove them from the green parts. Place in a tea pot or in a larger strainer.
- Boil water and pour over the dandelion flowers.
- Leave to infuse for 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the dandelion flowers by pouring over another strainer or taking the strainer out with the flowers.
- Add a bit of honey and lemon to taste. The dandelion flavour is quite delicate, so don't overdo it with the additional flavours.