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Sweet and Dandy Dandelion Jelly

Updated: Jun 12, 2022





Make a Wish! When that phrase is said, there area a couple of objects that come to mind: candles, birthday cake, shooting stars, and dandelions. Because I’m a hedge witch, I’m referring to dandelions in this case (though I do enjoy those celestial blessings).


Dandelion – just a pesky little weed right? WRONG! As far as common plants go, dandelions are one of the most nutritious out there. And they grow EVERYWHERE!


And since they have been popping up everywhere, I decided to take advantage of the season by foraging some. The great part is that since they are so abundant, I only had to go to the local park. One thing to be mindful of with foraging in urban areas is to make sure there isn’t pesticides or chemicals sprayed on these plants. Granted, Seattle’s parks are pretty lush in ferns, old growth trees, and native plants so I was able to find some spray-free dandelions.


Every part of the dandelion can be used, from the roots, to the leaves, to even the pretty petals, which is what today’s recipe is all about! The flowers of the dandelions are a favorite of bees for their sweet scent and taste, and we can get in on this action too! I’m embracing my bumble-bee spirit with this vegan sweetener using those pretty yellow petals.


Before I dive into the recipe, I want to talk more about all the great benefits of dandelion, since they are so nutritious. Here are a couple health benefits of dandelion petals.



 

Good Source of Nutrients

While the whole plant is FULL of healthy nutrients, the petals are a good source of antioxidants, which help to prevent free radicals (cancer) from forming. They are also full in vitamins A & B12, helping with our skin and eyes.


Inflammation

Dandelion petals have been used in many herbal recipes to treat skin ailments, such as rashes, burns, and acne. Internally, they can help to reduce inflammation, which can a symptom of serious diseases such as arthritis, asthma, and Crohn’s disease.



 

It’s a great way to connect to seasonal energies. As an added witchy twist, I call this liquid brew Wishing Syrup. Dandelions are after all known for good fortune and wishes come true. Stir this potion in your teas for some extra sweet magick.




 

Dandelion Jelly

Time: 2+ hours


Ingredients

  • 100 dandelions heads

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar

  • 2 apples – cubed

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/4 cups lemon juice

Directions

  1. Add flowers, apples, lemon and water into pot. Boil for 20 – 30 minutes.

  2. Strain the mixture. Place the liquid back in the pot and pour in the sugar. Let the liquid simmer (without the lid) for a couple hours until the mixture has reduced to around 2/3 and is the desired consistency.

  3. Transfer to mason jars and store in your fridge to keep this magick lasting.



For more foraged and summer recipes, check out my summer ebook.








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