Monday, May 02, 2011

Dandelion season! Dandelion fritters and more...

It's dandelion season!  For those who don't already love these wonderful wild "weeds", you must know that there are a multitude of benefits and uses of dandelions.  The leaves, flowers and roots are all edible, tasty and healthful - the greens make a great salad or steamed dish, flowers can be battered and made into fritters or added fresh as garnish for salads or made into a healing tea that aids headaches, menstrual cramps and more, flowers can also be brewed into dandelion wine or processed into dandelion icecream!, and the roots can be stir-fried or dried and ground into a powder to use for a nourishing hot beverage.  Best of all, they are abundant and easily wild-harvested in almost any neighbourhood.  Kids will love helping to pick the bright yellow flowers.  They are a superb early spring wild food to be gathered, alongside nettles and burdock root.  As with all wild-harvesting, be sure you are picking in an unsprayed area and don't overharvest (although with dandelions you probably don't need to worry as much as they self-propogate so freely), and remember to spread health through your neighbourhood by blowing those white dandelion seeds into the wind!

Here is a simple recipe for dandelion blossom fritters:
1 egg
1 cup milk or milk substitute
1 cup flour
50 large dandelion blossoms, freshly picked

Mix the batter (egg, milk and flour).  Heat frying pan with small amount of oil.  Dip each dandelion blossom one by one into the batter, and fry briefly until crispy.  Eat warm as is, or dip into maple syrup for a special sweet treat.  Enjoy!


  1. Hi,

    I wanted to post a note letting you know how much I've been enjoying reading your blog. I just came across it this morning, as we are planning to move to the Kitchener area later this summer. We're hoping to find a tiny little farm/homestead not too far from the city. With luck, we'll make it out to your seedling sale.

  2. I loved this! I've seen this recipe many places online, but yours is the first I've found written without "qualifications" like (use only stone ground, locally grown, organic kosher flower." Thanks for keeping it simple. Posted this in my Dandelion Round-up! Can't wait to try it! (Unfortunately, just mowed, so I'll have to wait for them to pop up again).