The golden brew of gently simmered dandelion flower tea is not just refreshing, it is a perfect spring pick-me-up uploaded with medicinal benefits the dandelion tea is relaxing and easy to prepare. Try the quick guide here for the tannin free tea.
With spring coming up, most garden enthusiasts will ask you to look out for those dandelions and hairy cat ears that will quickly populate the lawn. I agree, it is not great for the lawn with these two weeds growing in. These plants both are medicinal though!! Let’s focus on dandelion today to see how we can prepare a quick flower tea.
Is Dandelion edible?
Dandelion is a popular garden weed with bright yellow flowers that becomes a gardener’s pain in spring. With fluffy globe heads of airborne seeds, these are however pure pleasure if you have kids. The dandelion is a lovely edible plant with leaves promising cancer relief and roots often with a lot of medicinal properties. We have added a few different uses of the plant in this post below.
Figuring out dandelion from cat ears
Though both catsears and dandelions are very similar and equally edible, the flowers of dandelions are better in tea. The quickest way to identify a catsear is its deeply lobed leaves compared to the smoother scallops ones of dandelions. The flowers too look different on closer examination. The phyllaries of cats ears are thicker and point straight up giving the flower a thicker appearance. The dandelion flowers look a bit more delicate in comparison
Tannin free tea with dandelion flowers.
The dandelion flower tea recipe can be as simple as picking up the flowers from your yard and adding them to a pot of boiling water. Now that does the job, but that’s not fun to have as a recipe. So here is what we have done. We added a bit of ginger and lemon to make it fragrant. This gives it the feel of a spa tea. Stir in honey if you like to sweeten this tea. The recipe card below has the details and images for brewing this tea. Pin it from here for later use on your pinboards. The post continues below with the medicinal effects of the tea and other relevant information. Hope you enjoy it and will subscribe to our content.
Dandelion flower tea
- 1 saucepan
- 10-15 dandelion flowers
- 4 cup drinking water
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root grated
- 1 slice lemon
- Collect 10 to 15 dandelion flowers.
- Check them throughly wash and drain flowers.
- Add the water to a saucepan or a kettle and bring it to a boil.
- Add the flowers, ginger and lemon slice when the water has started a rolling boil.
- Remove from heat and let the tea seep.
- Sip warm tea after about 5 minutes.
Does this flower tea help our body?
The tea does help us a lot in easing menstrual cramps but it doesn’t help if you are having any sort of pain relief medication. It is a diuretic so avoid having the tea during night hours.
Precautions for picking the flowers
The freshly picked flowers add that lovely simplicity to the tea. I love to see them in the tea as the tea is an experience and the flowers look beautiful. Pick the flowers only from areas you know for sure are not sprayed, you don’t need any pesticides in such good home remedies.
Check the flowers for bugs and spiders, and give them a good rinse before you add them to tea.
If you have any allergies to dandelions, avoid this tea totally.
What else with dandelions?
Dandelion greens are one of the preferred greens in Chinese-style stirfry cooking. These slightly bitter leaves are brilliant in salads and sandwiches too. The taproot of dandelions is used as medicine and as coffee substitutes. The flowers in some regions are added to wines adding to the golden colour of white wines.
Other tannin free tea ideas
Hope you enjoy this recipe along with a bit of the read about the dandelions. I am not a medical practitioner, hence check for allergies with your practitioner before you dive into foraging the flowers. If you are making this tea, tag us @mildlyindian so we can love your version too. Enjoy your spring tea as much as we are looking forward to it this year. Keep in touch and share other tannin free teas if you make them.