Since I have started studying herbalism I’ve learned so much. I think my excitement has started rubbing off on my family as well. One of the plants I’ve been studying lately have been dandelions. Some of you may be saying you mean those pesky weeds I can’t seem to get rid of…. what about them. Dandelions are so much more than just a weed and I have fallen head over heels in love with them. One of my favorite ways to use Dandelions lately has been to create a simple and delicious Dandelion Wine.
To be perfectly honest before I started down the path to become a herbalist I always believe they were weeds too. Now my outlook has changed. These wonderful plants are full of beneficial vitamins and nutrients that help our bodies in numerous ways.
So this year when the dandelions started to pop up I knew I wanted to pick some and try out some of the recipes I’ve run across. At first Mr. Viking thought I was crazy but now not so much.
One of the first things I wanted to make was Dandelion Wine. It just sounds too good not to make it.
There are many many recipes out there for Dandelion Wine but I like to experiment so mine is a tiny bit different but it was inspired by the recipe found in Making Wine with Fruits, Roots and Flowers. Here are few other sites with recipes:
- common sense homesteading
Storebror and I got to picking Dandelions and ended up bringing back a full bowl. Don’t worry we left plenty for the bees.
The only part you want for wine is the head of the flower. You want to cut off as much as the green as possible. The green can add a bitterness to your wine if you aren’t careful.
Dandelion Wine originated years ago in Europe. Matter of fact back in the day it was a popular drink for women.
Making dandelion wine is not only easy but fun as well. You will need a few supplies to get started. You’ll need:
- a container for your wine
- an airlock or balloon
For more information on getting stated with winemaking check out this post.
To make your dandelion wine you will first need to go pick some dandelions. If you choose to take all the green off just grab a pair of scissors and cut the bottoms off. This process is fairly time consuming but you can do it while watching tv or listening to music. I normally do it while sitting outside watching the kids jump on the trampoline.
After you get all of your flowers ready you are going to make Dandelion Flower tea. All you are gong to do is take a large stock pot and fill it about 1/3 of the way full of your flowers and then fill it up with boiling water. Once you add the boiling water put the lid on and let it sit for 2 to 3 days. Once your tea has steeped now its time to start making your wine.
Update: Since we bough a Home Brewing System, this one is similar to the one we have, we use it to make our wine also. We fill the grain basket with flowers and fill with it up with water then bring it to a boil then turn it off and let it sit.
Either way will work fine so do it with what you have.
This is the second year we have made dandelion wine. I have to say last year I was concerned how it would turn out, but it turned out fabulous. They made fantastic Christmas present for family and friends.
Have you tried dandelion wine? Have you ever made your own wine?