It’s the perfect time to pick some dandelion flower heads and turn them into vegan honey! If you miss honey or you simply feel like participating in some wild foraging and making something simple & delicious then this is for you. All you need is dandelion flowers, water, a lemon and some caster sugar.
This honey is made using the flowers of dandelions so it isn’t produced by bees. Despite this it looks and tastes like honey AND is suitable for vegans.
- 100g dandelion flowers
- 2 slices of lemon
- 350ml water
- The same amount of sugar as the reduced liquid (likely to be around 250-300g)
Step 1) Forage the Flowers!
Pick around 100g of dandelion flower heads. It’s best to go and forage for them during the day when the sun is out. During the night the flowers will close and they’ll open again in the morning.
Tips when picking dandelions:
- Choose an area where flowers are plentiful and even after picking there will still be an abundance of flowers
- We are only going to use the flower heads so you don’t need the stalks
- Give the flower a shake or a blow to remove any small insects
- Make sure you leave some dandelions for the bees
- Try to pick dandelions away from roads and popular dog walking areas
- Avoid areas that have been recently sprayed with pesticides
Step 2) Boil with Lemon
Put the flower heads, 350ml of water and 2 slices of lemon into a saucepan. Gentle boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
Don’t worry if it looks like there is way more flowers than water at first. The flowers will wilt down quickly.
Step 3) Leave To One Side To Infuse
After around 15 minutes, turn off the heat and leave the mixture to one side overnight. This gives it time to infuse so you can get all the delicious goodness from the flowers.
Step 4) Strain the liquid
Now you want to remove the flowers and lemon from the liquid. You can do this using a strainer or by passing the mixture through a muslin cloth. Make sure you squeeze the flowers to get all of the moisture from them.
Step 5) Boil with Sugar
Now you want to weigh that liquid and then weigh out the same amount of caster sugar. Put the liquid and the sugar together in a pan. Bring it to a gentle boil for around 15 minutes while stirring regularly.
Step 6) Remove From The Heat
Once the sugar has dissolved and the honey is thick enough to cling to the back of a spoon it is time to take it off the heat. The honey will thicken up when it cools so make sure you take it off the heat before it reaches the consistency you want it to be.
If you’e not sure you can test the consistency of the honey by putting a small amount on a cold plate.
Step 7) Pour into Sterilised Jars
That’s it! Pour the honey into jars and put the lid on. The honey will cool and thicken.
Now you can use this vegan honey as a sweetener in hot drinks, enjoy it on toast, make flapjacks with it, create honey dressings and marinades and so much more.
Did you know? Every part of a dandelion is edible.
Only eat foraged plants when you are 100% sure you have correctly identified the species you have picked. If you don’t know, don’t rely on plant identification apps as these are not the most accurate or reliable way to identify plants.