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Dandelion Blossom Syrup AND! Cream of Dandelion Soup

Dandelion Blossom Syrup 

Recipe from Prodigal Garden. http://www.prodigalgardens.info

Makes just over 1 pint (2 cups)

Ingredients

1 quart (4 cups) dandelion flowers

1 quart (4 cups) water

4 cups sugar

1/2 lemon or orange, entire fruit including peel, chopped (optional)

Instructions

This is a traditional recipe passed down from the old world Europeans.  It can be used in place of honey in most recipes.

Put blossoms and water in a pot. Bring just to a boil, turn off heat, cover, and let sit overnight. 

The next day, strain and press liquid out of spent flowers.  Add sugar and sliced citrus and heat slowly, stirring now and again, for several hours or until reduced to a thick, honey-like syrup.  Can in half-pint or 1 pint jars. 

This recipe can be doubled (or more!).

 

Cream of Dandelion Soup

Recipe from Prodigal Garden. http://www.prodigalgardens.info

Ingredients

 4 cups dandelion leaves, chopped

2 cups dandelion flower petals

2 cups dandelion buds

1 tablespoons butter or olive oil

1 cup wild leeks or onions, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups water

2 cups half-and-half or heavy cream

2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

Gently boil dandelion leaves in 6 cups water.  Pour off bitter water.  Boil gently a second time, pour off bitter water.

In a heavy-bottom soup pot, sauté wild leeks and garlic in butter or olive oil until tender.  Add 4 cups water.  Add dandelion leaves, flower petals, buds, and salt.  Simmer gently 45 minutes or so.  Add cream and simmer a few minutes more.

Garnish with flower petals.

Raw Cattail Soup

Raw Cattail Soup

Recipe modified from Steve Brill. http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups almonds

10 cups water, or as needed

2 cups thinly sliced cattail shoots (about 30 shoots)

1/4 cup fresh spearmint leaves or other mint leaves, finely chopped

Juice from half a lemon

Instructions

Cover the almonds with water and soak, refrigerated, 6 hours to overnight.

Puree the soaked almonds, about 2 cups at a time, with about 3 cups of the water at a time in a blender until all the almonds have been pureed.  Pour the almond-water puree into a colander lined with cheesecloth or thin nylon fabric over a bowl. Twist the top of the cloth and squeeze the remaining water. Discard the pulp.

Mix the remaining ingredients with the almond milk. Serve chilled.

 

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Something's new under the sun! Classics are still there for you, too

This week, we have some great stuff - something for everyone!  Like classics?  While Dandelions are now becoming common even in standard farms, they're still better when they're harvested in a natural environment.  Want to try something new?  Brand new?  Never seen the sun before?  Go for the linden leaves and cattails.  And don't forget: it's still the best time of the year to prepare your amazing aspirin-like balm of gilead with poplar and willow buds.  We'll teach you how!

We've got some great recipes on our next blog coming right up.  Until then, here's what you can enjoy this week!

* = Medicinal # = Edible @ = Extra tasty this week (peak of season)!

What is available this week...

*#@ Dandelion - roots, leaves, flowers, flowerbuds - one of our favorites!

*#@ Prickly lettuce - one of our favorites!

*#@ Thistle (excellent support for liver)

#@ Wild onion (limited quantity - order early)

# Salsify roots

#* Snap dragon leaves

# Tulip flowers

# Apple flowers (delicious)

# Cherry flowers (delicious)

# Plum flowers (nearly out of season - limited quantity) (delicious)

#@ Lilac flowers (delicious)

#@ Honeysuckle flowers (delicious)

# Filaree

* Catmint (also known as Catnip)

#* Shrubby cinquefoil leaves

#*@ Fourwinged saltbrush - seeds (great in pinole)

#@ Cattail shoots and rhizomes (these shoots are one of our favorites)

*#@ Poplar - bark, buds and flowers (great natural aspirin, or when cooked, delicious non-medicinal vegetable)

*#@ Willow - bark, buds and flowers (great natural aspirin, or when cooked, delicious non-medicinal vegetable)

# Elm seeds (green)

#@ Henbit

#@ Lambsquarter (always sells out quickly - order early)

#* Pine - needles and bark (delicious when roasted)

#@ Yellow dock - leaves and seeds

* Juniper berries (excellent antiseptic and antibiotic)

*#@ Mallow leaves

*#@ Yellow clover leaves

*#@ White and red clover leaves (one of our favorites)

#@ Linden leaves (one of our favorites)

* Vinca

MAY WE RECOMMEND? Ask us to make a balanced menu (with recipes) for your family to enjoy!

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Are you ready for THIS?

Louis Pasteur said that fortune only favors the prepared mind and some of the foods and medicines and other useful things that we harvest and grow might take some preparation.  Not only in the kitchen, but in your mind.  It may seem strange at first to eat these things or rely on them for your health or to improve your quality of life... and it is, quite frankly, a WILD thing to think, that nature might provide you everything you need at your time of need!  So prepare yourself and come with us, our friends, and we'll visit some strange but worthwhile places together so you will feel more "at home in nature!"

Are you ready for THIS?

Louis Pasteur said that fortune only favors the prepared mind and some of the foods and medicines and other useful things that we harvest and grow might take some preparation.  Not only in the kitchen, but in your mind.  It may seem strange at first to eat these things or rely on them for your health or to improve your quality of life... and it is, quite frankly, a WILD thing to think, that nature might provide you everything you need at your time of need!  So prepare yourself and come with us, our friends, and we'll visit some strange but worthwhile places together so you will feel more "at home in nature!"

 
 
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