Trying my hand at making dandelion wine. so far I have been very surprised at how yummy this is tasteing!
the petals made a beautifully yellow/orange juice, I was surprised at how vivid the color stayed even after cooking the petals
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Joined: Mar 08, 2011
Location: Caerphilly, Wales, UK
This is something I'm hoping to make this year for the first time; I recently read that dandelion wine is one of the best tasting hedgerow wines.. The dandelions ain't flowering just yet so I have to wait a little longer - just as well really, both our fermentation buckets are otherwise occupied at the mo.
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when i picked the petals...I just took a pair of scissors out and snipped the pettals right off the green bud....so to avoid getting the bitter part....some people recoment plucking all the pettals, but i did not have time to pull them all off....so snipping was easy and I harvested 1 quart of petals in about 15 min.
Joined: Apr 22, 2011
Location: Lower Mainland British Columbia Canada Zone 8a/ Manchester Jamaica
Is this an alcoholic drink or is it just called wine, I don't drink alcohol but this sounds so good almost as good as that honey over the moon honey moonshine recipe i saw on the forum.
I still want to make it really bad maybe I can just use it in cooking if it's booze, we make our own ginger beer/ale almost everyday so this would be a nice change and the lions are in bloom right now.
I harvest loads of petals on a nearby organic farm, I cook them with water and a sliced lemon. Part of the strained liquor I use to make a jelly (using pectin and sugar), another part to make a syrup for non-alcoholic drinks (honey or less sugar than with the jelly) and a part is fermenting to make some boozy wine (with sugar and yeast). You can start with one extract and vary a lot of details around to make all kind of nice things. I'll be drying some petals next to use in tea and cooking (as a saffron-replacement).
Thanks for the ideas Kat. I was thinking that the syrup would be good for other uses....I put orange peel and a small amount of citrus juices.....The end result tasted kind of like orange honey. So I was thinking a soda flavor would be really good, a jelly crossed my mind too.
now I want to try another batch , and I definetly have enough dandelions for another batch. haha
I will try drying them too...they keep their color so well......is dandelion used for a dye for wool??