DANDELION HONEY

DANDELION HONEY

Confession: Dandelion is my favorite plant.

One of my favorite things about dandelion is its cheeriness. And I rely on it's sunny flower power once winter rolls around.  If it weren't for my heaps of dandelion tincture & honey, I don't know how I would get through the gray parts of the year. 

So, come summer I am buzzing around dandelion as if I was a bee. I collect them here & there. That being said, I never pluck all of the tops I am careful to leave flowers for other critters & bees & fellow humans. 

This past week in Seattle I made dandelion honey from the flowers in my sister's yard. Dandelion is in fact a composition of up to 20,000 little flowers. Each "petal" you see on a dandelion head is it's own flower. It's part of the aster, daisy, or sunflower family: Compositae plants composed of many flowers. 

I pluck the flower clusters from the stems, rinse them in warm water (often I don't wash plants, but in suburban yards yes, because, dogs), remove the green sepals that hold the flowers together, put them in a jar & cover them in honey. I cap, label with the location & date, & wait 4-6 weeks but usually until winter time to scoop a spoonful into a nourishing tea. 

When I'm feeling down all it takes is a spoonful of honey & I have a whole team of flowers, tens of thousands in fact, on my side to cheer me up. 

SO JAZZED ON LEMON BALM

SO JAZZED ON LEMON BALM

NETTLE ALL THE TIME

NETTLE ALL THE TIME

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