Tantialisingly Tasty Dandelion Flowers

By Imogen Tinkler on 08/03/2021

Dandelion Magic: Eating the Flowers

There is nothing like treating those you love the most in your life. Why don’t you give the ultimate gift this year - your time and a tantialising taste experience?

Get outside, take in one of the 356 sunsets we are invited to every year and gather some dandelions and make our tantialising tasty  Dandelion Flowers. 

Dandelion Flowers to Dandelion Honey to Dandelion Pesto

This week to celebrate all the wonderful women out there we are sharing some of favourite Dandelion recipes from  Dandelions Flowers to Dandelion Honey to Dandelion Pesto . 

We are kicking off with our tantialising tasty Dandelions, a favourite with some of our Revolutionaries like Jodie! They got thumbs up from her boys. They loved being able to forage it and taste it on the table. How delicious. 

Dandelions leave Kale and Spinach in the shade for nutrition

I always smile when I see a lawn brimming with beautiful bright dandelions and an excited Xanthe with her basket ready to collect natures nutritious bounty.

We sit and imagine all the journeys each seed has made.  Pretending tiny elf lion tamers are attached as it parachutes down. Ready to embed its fork like bottom into the soil - and burst into colour.

They are brimming full of vitamins and antioxidants. A large handful of dandelion greens has more calcium than a glass of milk and they are more nutritious than kale or spinach.

They are rich in potassium which makes them a diuretic which is why in French they are called pissenlit which translates to “pee the bed”

Why do Dandelions have such a grand name?
“Dent de Lion” in French translates to the “tooth of the lion” in English. It feels like a very grand name until you stop to look. The way the leaves are etched look like a lion's tooth. Try drawing a few of them and let us know what you think. Duncan always conjours up the image of a Dandy Lion with a Top Hat and Tails. 

Are they really tasty?

Yes! They are -  we believe you are going to see more and more of them in your salads as they are been commercially grown. Maybe we will have a dandelion field in our Kitchen Table Revolutionary Farm House as we dream of the future. Along with our Wild Garlic Woodland Carpet and Corridor of Cherry Blossom. 

Dandelion Size Matters 

You want to leave smaller dandelions alone. Not only do these have small roots but they are excellent food for bees, beetles and birds. Make sure you scrub roots clean before use and soak the flowers heads in water with a dash of salt before use.

  1. Dandelion Flower Fried

    Tantialisingly Tasty Dandelion Flowers

    I absolutely love foraging for Dandelions, making up lion stories with Xanthe and coming home and turning these blossoms into something so tantialisingly tasty!
    I am a little obssessed with flower recipes! It is also super cheap to make but feels very decadent. It only uses one egg, a little flour and a knob of butter. So what isn't to love!
    Feel like getting creative?
    Add your own creative flair by choosing your seasoning or why not add beer, sparking water or wine to your batter. The bubbles will add body and lightness.
    Ooh my mouth is watering thinking about all the taste creations you could make. Elderflower Champagne Dandelion Flowers anyone? 
    Cuisine british
    Servings 2

    Ingredients
      

    • 1 Handful Dandelion Flowers
    • 1 Cup Flour
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 Large Knob Butter
    • 1 dash Vegtable Oil

    Instructions
     

    • Pop the flowers in a bowl of water (room temp water) and add some salt.
    • Combine flour (1 cup), salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and set aside.
    • Beat an egg and then coat the the Dandelions
    • Melt butter with a dash of oil in your pan (medium heat)
    • Remove Dandelions from the egg then pop them in your combined flour.
    • Toss them in your hands so the excess flour falls away
    • Pop the Dandelions in the melted butter with a dash for about 3 - 5 mins. They will go golden brown. Don't forget to stir them.
    • Add your own seasoning to make them your own - test the seasoning on one of them to make sure you like it! 
    Keyword cook, dandelion, flowers, forage dandelion, forgae

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Want to get your hands on Duncans very own Dandelion honey? You can but only this weekend with our I LOVE you Mummy or I Love you Supper Club. Our Fairy Godmother has conjoured up a few extra spots!  Last few dining spots so grab them before they disappear in a puff of magic. 

Article written by Imogen Tinkler

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