Dandelion Tea, an herbal tea, is made from the Dandelion plant, whose scientific name is Taraxacum officinale. The tea can be made using any portion of the plant – Dandelion leaves, Dandelion flowers, or Dandelion roots. The best time to harvest Dandelion leaves is around spring whereas the roots and flowers are harvested in fall.
Dandelion Tea promises abundant health benefits and its caffeine-free nature makes it suitable for consumption during any time of the day. Talking about the flavor, Dandelion Tea offers a very subtle, sweet taste. If the tea is made using roasted Dandelion Root, it will deliver a more smoky flavor with an earthy texture that resembles coffee.
How to make Dandelion tea?
Dandelion Tea presents you with various options of brewing, all of which are worth trying. We guarantee that you won’t be able to settle with one! Let’s walk you through a few recipes that you can devour at any time of the day.
How to make Dandelion Root Tea?
Before taking a look at the recipe, let us tell you an interesting fact about this Tea. Roasted Dandelion root tea bears a resemblance to coffee which is why it is also called Dandelion coffee. Intriguing, isn’t it?
What you’ll need to make this beautiful infusion
- The root of 1 Dandelion plant
- 2 cups of water
- Honey (optional)
To dig the root and clean them, follow the below instructions.
- The core ingredient of this tea is the Dandelion root. You can either pull out the roots using your hands or seek the help of your garden tools.
- Separate the taproot from the remaining plant. Wash it thoroughly under cold water. Chop the washed root into small chunks and dry them well under sunlight before using. You can alternatively use a dehydrator.
- Next, add in the chunks of Dandelion root to a vessel and roast them well, until you get a nice golden-brown color and a charred fragrance. Don’t forget to stir in-between to prevent the root from burning.
- You can either grind the roasted Dandelion root to a fine powder or use them as it is.
Method to make Dandelion Root Tea:
- Boil 1 cup of fresh water in a saucepan or deep vessel.
- If you are using the root in a powdered form, add in about 4 teaspoons of the root powder to the boiled water. For the root chunks, add in about 4 small chunks.
- Allow the tea to simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes.
- Strain and pour the tea into a cup, mix in a teaspoon of honey. You can alternatively spice it up by adding ginger or cinnamon.
For all the ardent coffee-drinkers who are trying to limit their caffeine intake, a cup of Dandelion Root Tea is here to your rescue. A perfect replacement for coffee – jolt up your taste buds with a cup of this tea!
How to make Dandelion Flower Tea?
The beautiful yellow colored Dandelion flower tea makes for a delicious cup and can be brewed in 2 ways – a hot brew or a cup of iced tea. Irrespective of your choice, we’ve got recipes for both. So, stay tuned.
For 1 cup of warm Dandelion Flower Tea, you’ll need
- 4 – 5 Dandelion Flowers
- 1 cup of water
- A tea infuser (optional)
- Sweetener of your choice
- Pluck a few Dandelion flowers or use pre-packed, dried flowers. 4-5/1 teaspoon would be good enough for a cup of this tea.
- Peel off the green part of the flower. The tartness in them will give away a bitter taste. You’ll be left with the fresh yellow petals.
- After rinsing the leaves in cold water, add them to an infuser.
- Meanwhile, boil 1 cup of water for 5 minutes.
- Place the infuser into your cup and allow it to steep for 5-6 minutes.
- If you wish to add a sweeter, go ahead and add some!
Note: If you do not have an infuser, add the flowers directly into your cup, pour a cup of boiled water, and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain the tea and serve hot. A warm cup of Dandelion Flower Tea tastes as fresh as springtime. This light yellow colored tea is packed with vitamins and tastes heavenly!
For a cup of iced Dandelion Flower Tea, you’ll need
- 10 Dandelion flowers
- 3 cups of Lukewarm water (ideal temperature would be around 110º F)
- A slice of lime (optional)
- Start by separating the flowers from the rest of the plant. Clean the flowers using cold water.
- To a bowl, add lukewarm water and the cleaned Dandelion flowers.
- At this point, add in your desired sweetener. Skip this step if you prefer a non-sweetened version of this tea that tastes as good.
- Keep this aside for around 30 minutes to let the water soak in the flavor of the flowers.
- After the mixture of water and Dandelion flowers cool down, squeeze in a slice of lime.
- Refrigerate the tea for 2 – 3 hours and serve cold.
- Make yourself a cup of this Iced Dandelion Flower Tea to beat the scorching summer heat!
How to make Dandelion Leaf Tea?
What you’ll need?
- 6 Loose Dandelion Leaves.
- 1 cup of water.
- Sweetener of your choice.
Method to make Dandelion Leaf Tea
- The first step naturally would be to pick a handful of Dandelion leaves.
- Bonus tip: One thing to keep in mind is to use leaves that are blossoming and tender. With the older, full-grown leaves you will end up with a cuppa that tastes bitter. We certainly wouldn’t want your tea experience to dishearten you.
- Wash the leaves and chop them finely. Alternatively, you can grind them in a mixer jar.
- Next, take a cup of water in a sauce-pan and bring it to a good boil. Pour it into a cup and add the Dandelion leaves.
- Allow the fresh leaves to steep for 5 minutes. Let the leaves infuse their flavor into the tea.
- After steeping for about 5 minutes, check in every 30 seconds until you get a flavor that suits your taste preference.
- A cup of this tea can be devoured on its own, without any extra addition. Alternatively, you can add a sweetener of your choice. Squeeze in a slice of lemon for that extra freshness.
There you go! A cup of fresh Dandelion leaf Tea makes for a perfect drink. Sit back, keep your thoughts aside and relax while sipping on a cup of this tea.
How to store the Dandelion plant for later use?
Plucking the flowers and leaves or digging the roots each time might seem a little time-consuming. As soon as you get your hands on the Dandelion leaves, flowers, or roots, rinse and clean them well. Place them under the sun to dry. After they have dried well, transfer them to an air-tight container. Store them in the kitchen pantry, away from direct sunlight. This way you can enjoy Dandelion tea any day of the year.
How to Make Dandelion Tea:- complete guide. This Tea is indeed a versatile beverage. It is a blessing to have Dandelion plants growing in your backyard. The leaves, flowers, or the root, a cup of tea can instantly be made using any of these. Try these recipes and they will definitely earn a space in your everyday tea-time routine!