Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dandelion-Violet Lemonade

At this time of year, you can't go clicking too far on the internet without reading about dandelions and their virtues. While I won't reiterate the fact that they're worth their weight in calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C what's already out there in cyber-space, I'd like to share an easy and nutritious spring time drink that will allow you to use up all those sunny yellow flowers in your yard right now. It's fun to get the family involved in the collection process too!

I haven't always loved dandelions. I may have been programmed from childhood to associate them with 'bad', something that invaded and took over lawns. One spring not too long ago, I paid a certain child five cents a piece for each dandelion carcass turned in. That ended up being not to my favor. I think I had to write her a check. THAT'S also the reason for our current dandelion relocation program, we're short on dandelion supply and have had to look elsewhere for them. Yes, I have been spotted digging up dandelions and transplanting them to a nice little dandelion garden on our hillside.


I printed out the original recipe last year from learningherbs.com. Since then, I've learned that violets (yes, the ones that take over lawns) are high in vitamin A and C (by the way, you can also eat the leaves raw in salad). They also happen to look very pretty in the jar with the yellow dandelion flowers, don't they? Sure does make a good conversation piece when people see it.

We only make 1/2 gallon at a time. Here's how:

  • Fill 1/2 gallon mason jar 1/2 way with dandelions and violet flowers.
  • Add the juice and rind of two - three lemons.
  • Fill to the very top with water and cap tightly.
  • Let steep in a sunny location for a day like you would sun-tea.
  • Strain through muslin (we only use butter muslin - you'll never use anything else for cheese making once you try it!) and really squeeze all the moisture out.
  • Add honey to suit your taste. We don't add honey to the pitcher, only directly to the serving glasses as needed, but do as you like.
On a side note, Daughter made several batches of this for me during the last cycle of my detox and I recovered to 'normal' a lot quicker that the first two cycles.

Enjoy the day- 

22 comments:

  1. I love dandelions but I never thought to make them into lemonade. They sure do look beautiful in the jar too. Thanks so much for sharing with Hearth and Soul. :)

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  2. Wow! I knew dandelions could be used, but had no idea about violets. I love them anyway, and now I'll be looking at them secretly thinking "food source." :)

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    1. The leaves really are very yummy, almost like spinach.

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  3. This looks wonderful!We use our dandelions and violets in the kitchen, but I never thought to add them to lemonade - what a delicious addition!

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  4. I make both dandelion and violet jelly. I have never thought about combining the two!

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    1. Wow, that's some pretty nutritious jelly!

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  5. We make dandelion and violet jam as well. We love dandelion greens and the kids all just eat violet flowers for a snack while they are out playing.

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  6. Ohhh! I just posted my own review of making dandelion blossom tea for the first time:) And lucky me that I happened to put it on Simple Lives Thursday today so I could find your recipe. I love violets and am a newbie at using plants and herbs in my diet.

    I'd love to see recipes by the previous commenters as well.

    Thank you for sharing:)

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    1. I'm going to go and check out your tea right now! Always looking for new ideas. Thanks for commenting!

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  7. This looks great!! I'm going to share on my blog fb page. Thanks!!

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  8. I LOVE this post! So comical and educational. I haven't come to the same "appreciation" you have, :) but hearing of this lemonade recipe may help boost me there.

    I'm gonna share this on my Facebook fanpage. Thanks!!

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    1. Glad you like it! Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Hello! I featured your unique recipe in Hearth and Soul today. Thanks again for stopping by!

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  10. I've been looking for inspiration for the dandylions growing wild in my garden, I am def. bookmarking this to make - though violets are a little hard to come by - I'm still looking out for them. thanks for inspiring.

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    1. If you can manage to find one somewhere to dig up, you will have them forever. They spread quickly and are considered a menace (like dandelions) here in Connecticut. I love them though.

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  11. I really want to try this! Linked to it in my Dandelion Round-up today!

    http://texifornia.blogspot.com/2012/05/friday-file-round-up-dandelions.html

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  12. My daughter and I made this just the other day! It was so much fun and yummy too. I blogged about it here: http://heartfelthomemaking.blogspot.com/2012/05/dandelion-violet-lemonade.html

    And send everyone here for the recipe.

    Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks for the feed back Elizabeth! Glad you liked it.

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  13. How clever! While we regularly use dandelions in salads the flower and the greens, it never occurred to me to make them into a beverage. I haven't tried the lemonade yet, because I don't have any lemons....but you inspired me to use them for tea. I blogged about it here...and linked to you. Thanks so much. http://www.simplefoody.org/?p=606

    ~Katie
    www.simplefoody.org

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