Sunday, May 3, 2015

Homemade Dandelion Wine

I love dandelions!  Not only are they bright and yellow (which happens to be my favorite color), but they are full of nutrients and can help you perform a "spring cleaning" on your liver! Dandelions have been used as a detoxifier and blood purifier for centuries. I think dandelions are beautiful herbs, not weeds, and they should be used and revered as such.

 From the Bulk Herb Store catalog:
    " (dandelion) is high in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium... This is the herb for improving      low blood pressure and helping build energy and endurance.  It is also one of the best liver                  cleansers and is therefore great for skin diseases."  

A few days ago, I was amazed at the abundance of dandelions in our yard.  So, I took my "little ones" and filled a sack with about 3 quarts of these lovely yellow flowers.  (Be sure to pluck the flowers in the morning when they first open.)

Then, we made a very strong dandelion infusion; just use equal parts flowers and boiling filtered water.  Let the infusion sit in a large stainless steel pot with a lid for 24-48 hours.  Then, strain the liquid into a fermenting vessel. (Be sure to squeeze all the goodness out of the flowers!) I used a small fermenting crock as my vessel.

To your (3 quarts) dandelion infusion, add:

  • 3/4 c unrefined cane sugar
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • peel of 1 orange (I used a vegetable peeler)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • peel of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 c starter culture (I used water kefir, but you could also use whey)
Once the ingredients are mixed, cover the fermenting vessel with a cloth secured by a rubber band. Let the mixture sit for a couple of days, until you see signs of fermentation- bubbles!  Be sure to stir at least once a day in the meantime...

When you see bubbles, let the wine ferment for another 1-2 days, depending on the temperature of your home.  Stir and taste daily.

The dandelion wine is finished!  Bottle this lovely beverage and chill before enjoying a glass.  And, although it is called "wine", dandelion wine is safe for children to drink, as long as it doesn't sit around too long!  

To me, dandelion wine tastes a lot like European Orangina- So enjoy the benefits of dandelion in this tasty, citrus-y beverage!  And never take the dandelion for granted again ;)


  1. When we lived in Italy, the women who worked on base would get the dandelions. Don't know how they used them, but they were always out picking them.

    1. Apparently, foraging is common among Italians. They are most likely gathering dandelion greens, which they even put in pizza! I'll have to try that one.. :)

  2. I shall have to try that dandelion wine. My grandmother came from Italy and she used to tell me how she would also pick dandelions and use them for various recipes. We grew up eating escarole with a bit of dandelions mixed in, along with little white beans, garlic and olive oil! So delicious.

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