Be a honey to bees by creating your own dandelion honey! Dandelions are abundant throughout at this time of year – you’ll find them growing in fields and other green spaces. So why not do some socially distanced foraging on your next walk and try this delicious vegan alternative to honey?
Dandelion HoneyClaire Michalski
- 12 cups dandelion heads
- 2 litres water
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 550 g white sugar
- Soak the dandelion heads in 1 litre of water for 5 minutes then drain.
- Remove the green section from the petals by pinching and discard.
- Place 6 cups of petals in a saucepan with the remaining water, lemon, and vanilla extract.
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Take off the heat and leave overnight.
- Line a colander with cheesecloth or a clean tea towel, place over a bowl, and pour over the dandelion mixture. Gather the corners of the towel, lift, and squeeze.
- Transfer the liquid to a saucepan and gradually add the sugar while stirring. Simmer for 2 to 4 hours until the consistency is honey-like.
- Pour into sterilised jars and store in the fridge.