The perfect way to cool off on a hot spring day? Dandelion flower iced tea! Dandelions are a free, zero waste super food. And this herbal iced tea is a nice way to enjoy them.
Dandelion flower iced tea recipe
A couple handfuls of dandelion blossoms
1. Pick dandelions blossoms that are completely open (that way they're easier to clean). Also, be sure to pick flowers from an area that's away from roads and hasn’t been sprayed with chemicals. Let the blossoms sit outside for about 10 or 15 minutes so any little insects can crawl off them.
2. Place flowers in a colander and rinse well under cold, running water. Put cleaned flowers in a glass container (I used a quart-sized mason jar and filled it about half way with flowers).
3. Pour boiling water over the flowers and let steep for about 10 minutes. When done, strain out the dandelions and let the resulting dandelion flower tea chill in the fridge.
4. When you're ready to drink, sweeten with honey and serve with ice. Tea can be saved in the fridge for up to 36 hours.
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My son and I spent the weekend foraging in our backyard and learning different ways to eat dandelions.