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Dandelion coffee is a wonderful replacement for that caffeine filled vice most of us have today. Instead of giving you the jitters every morning, this dark and delicious roasted brew will help support a healthy liver and give you some medicinal benefits to boot! You can drink as much as you want a day, and it is the perfect way to wean off of a pot-a-day habit. Instead you’ll be able to have your once daily cuppa’ joe then enjoy dandelion coffee the rest of the day.

Wildcrafting Guidelines

First, before we get to the coffee recipes, let’s discuss how to harvest and prepare dandelion root. First off, never harvest herbs or plants that are located near roads, in drainage ditches, or in backyards where animals frequently eliminate. You don’t need that cross contamination in your food or medicine. When wild harvesting foods and herbs always be sure to follow these basic guidelines:

  • Always ask permission if you are harvesting on private land. If you do not ask permission you are trespassing! The owner of the land might have plans for those herbs. Be respectful and ask. If you are on public land it is fair game.
  • Know your herbs! Always know your herbs and be able to properly identify them. Have an herbal guide book for your area to help identify the plant. When in doubt, do not harvest it! This is one of the benefits of technology, I have checked my smart phone many times when wild crafting to be sure I properly identified a species.
  • Have the right tools! Bring gloves, scissors or a pruning tool, a trowel, a root weeder or Hori Hori (Japanese gardening tool), a multi-tool, a basket to put your herbs in, a plastic bag or container to put samples in for plants you would like to try to properly identify, a first aid kit, and maybe a hat to protect you from the sun.
  • Be sure your herbs are free of pollutants. Do not harvest within 10 feet of a road or freeway. Do not harvest near farm land (unless you know it is pesticide free and has been for a long time). City parks and municipal areas are usually sprayed with herbicide a few times a year at least. Plants may not show signs of being sprayed until days after the application so be wary.
  • Be sure the herbs are not endangered in your area. You can check United Plant Savers and the US Forest and Wildlife service for endangered plants in your area.
  • Do not over harvest. Take only what you need. Be sure there are plenty of plants around to propagate the species. If there are only one or two plants in the area, leave them be. They need to spread their seed to grow more plants and maintain the biodiversity of the area. After building a relationship with the plants you will find that they almost speak to you, letting you know if they can be harvested or if they would like to be left alone.
  • Give thanks to the plant and be grateful for its sacrifice. If you are taking the whole plant or the root, thus killing the plant, consider bringing seeds to replant in the area to maintain the life and biodiversity of the area.

Dandelion Plant ID

Dandelion is a perennial herbaceous plant with long, deeply serrated, lance shape leaves. These deeply toothed leaves are how dandelions got their name! In Old French, Dent-de-lion means lion’s tooth. I am sure the yellow flower helped carry the lion name on as well.

Dandelion Leaf - Photo used under the GNU Free Document Licence of Creative Commons from Wikimedia by user FoeNyx

The leaves are 3-12” long and ½ – 2 ½ inches wide and grow in a basal rosette.

The rosette’s immature leaf base just above the tight root form a tight “crown”.

The flowers grow individually on a single hollow flower stock that can be anywhere from 2-18” tall. When damaged, the stock exudes a white latex sap.

The young buds are tightly closed.MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

The flower will open during the day and close when it gets dark, and you will find sometimes when harvesting dandelion that the flowers in the shade are only open a few hours a day. The flower itself is a beautiful bright yellow and each flower petal is actually a flower in and of itself. These are called “ray flowers”.

The seeds appear seemingly overnight, where there was one day a beautiful yellow flower the next day will be a beautiful puff of seeds connected to tiny parachutes to carry the seeds far and wide.

dandelion puff

The root is a thick beige tap root that can grow up to 12” long.

There are no poisonous look-alikes to this plant.

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Processing Dandelion

Dandelion leaves are best eaten and least bitter first thing in the spring before the buds appear. After flowers appear the leaves are very bitter and most choose not to enjoy them. Some people who choose to eat dandelion greens once the flower has bloomed find that boiling the leaves twice reduces the bitterness enough to enjoy in other dishes.

Dandelion flowers can be picked any time of the year, but are most abundant late spring-summer. I lightly rinse mine in water unless I plan to infuse them into an oil fresh, if so I leave them dry to reduce the chance of rancid oil. Flowers can be enjoyed in flowers, stir fries, dumplings, and pretty much any food you enjoy. They are delicious fresh and cooked, infused in honey, syrup, vinegar, and pretty much anywhere you can think to use them.

Dandelion roots are sweeter and taste best when harvested in late fall, winter, and early spring when the energy of the plant is still in the roots. Dig the roots straight down and deeply using a root digging tool or a Japanese gardening knife called a Hori Hori. Dig the roots deeply and pry them out of the ground. I like to gather dandelions a grocery bag at a time. This is an herb that will likely never be endangered and can be harvested in great quantity.

Remove the greens from the roots and eat them, dry them for tea, or compost them. Soak the roots in water for about 10-15 minutes then scrub the dirt off of the roots the best you can using a vegetable brush. Cut the roots into quarters so they will fit on a drying sheet in the dehydrator and dehydrate them at 130 until they are fully dry and brittle. Crush or cut it up into smaller pieces

Dandelion_rootDandelion Medicinal Benefits

Dandelion is a medicinal gem hidden under the guise of a “weed”. I believe it is everywhere because so many people need it! The whole plant is edible and a medicinal powerhouse!  Incorporating dandelion into your life can lead to improved liver detoxification and a host of other benefits.

Common name: Dandelion
Latin name: Taraxacum officinale
Family: Asteraceae
Herbal ACTIONS:
diuretic, digestive stimulant, nutritive, alkalinizer, bitter, laxative, cholagogue, hepatic, alterative, lithotriptic, galactagogue, cooling, drying

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Dandelion Coffee Recipes

Here are two very common recipes for dandelion coffee, and another with a fantabulous twist. They are all delicious and provide wonderful liver support and gentle detoxification when enjoyed daily.

Simple Dandelion Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 C of water
  • 4-6 Tbsp dried dandelion root (It will taste better if it is roasted but you can do it either way). – If I don’t harvest my own I purchase mine here.

Directions

Roast your dandelion root on a flat pan in the oven at 200 degrees until they turn from the light brown to a darker brown. Alternatively, you can roast the roots in a cast iron pan on medium/low until they turn dark brown.

Boil your water in a pot, add the roots, and decoct them for anywhere from 5-20 minutes. The longer you let the decoction boil the stronger it will be. Do you like strong coffee? Then boil it longer! If not boil it for less time. The roots can be re-used at least once before you toss them.

Add coconut milk, cream, honey or anything else you like to flavor your coffee with and enjoy!

Super Liver Supporting Dandelion/Chicory root Coffee Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

Roast your roots as stated in the recipe above.

Place all ingredients into a pot and boil for 5-20 minutes. The longer you boil it the stronger it will be! I find that I don’t like to add the cinnamon stick until about 3 minutes till the end or the coffee becomes too spicy for me.

Enjoy like you would your daily coffee.

Decadently Delicious Dandelion Coffee

If you don’t mind the caffeine and you love a sweet smooth morning blend that is sure to please even the most devout coffee lover try this:

Ingredients

Directions

Roast your roots as stated in the recipe above.

If you purchased whole raw cacao beans (which I recommend doing), put about 3-4 beans in a coffee grinder and grind it up until the pieces are about the same size as the dandelion and chicory pieces. If you used cocoa nibs then skip that step. Use 1 TBSP per cup.

Place all ingredients into a pot and boil for 5-20 minutes. The longer you boil it the stronger it will be! I find that I don’t like to add the cinnamon stick until about 3 minutes till the end or the coffee becomes too spicy for me.

Enjoy like you would your daily coffee.

 

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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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    Great post Amanda, thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesdays! Dandelions really are pretty awesom and to think so many folks do whatever possible to get rid of them – silly silly. I hope you’ll join us again and share more of your awesome posts next week.
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