Gather Ye Dandelions While Ye May

By : | 8 Comments | On : April 5, 2015 | Category : Food, Foraging, Freezing

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

Excerpt from To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time. Robert Herrick, 1591 – 1674

Spring has sprung! I am preparing to make dandelion jelly, also known as dandelion honey because it tastes very much like honey!
In case you’d like to follow along, start collecting petals (assuming winter has passed where you are!). I’ll be making the jelly in a few days.

During winter, starch stored by some plants and trees is converted to sugar (this explains why maple sap is collected only at certain temperatures, along with a variety of vegetables).
What this means to me is that the very earliest blooms are going to have the sweetest flavors.

So start collecting as soon as you see dandelions coming up. You want to forage for the first blooms of the season if possible.

The greens of the dandelion will be bitter and you’ll want to remove as much of them as possible. This is one of those times having OCD comes in handy.:\

Separating the yellow petals from the greens is time consuming, some may find it tedious, but I decided to enjoy it.
I found it relaxing to just take my time and let my thoughts wander.
If you find it tedious and you have children, it may be a good time to teach them the value of 5 dollars for a job well done LOL.

Rather than do it all in one day, I pick for awhile, then process until I’m done with it for the day. The petals are wrapped tightly in plastic and stored in the freezer. Repeat daily until done!

I want to collect about 4 cups of PETALS, which means collecting at least 10 cups of dandelion buds. I’m gathering about a cup of petals per day, one day to go! (Once the rain passes!!)

Gather them when blooms are open, pulling just the bloom from the plant.

dandelion petals collection

To process the blooms, use scissors to cut just above the sepals. Open out and lay on surface, removing the greens. I used a baking sheet to work on.

I’ll post detailed instructions with plenty of pictures next week!
UPDATE: Full post with instructions to make Dandelion Jelly.

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Comments (8)

  1. posted by Mai Tran on April 5, 2015

    This seems interesting. I can’t wait for detailed instruction next week!

  2. posted by Angelica on April 8, 2015

    Wow. I’ve never heard of dandelion jelly. I can’t wait to see how you make it! I’ve probably got at least a few cups worth of dandelions in my yard right now!

  3. posted by jenna on April 9, 2015

    I would have never thought dandelions could make something honey like. That’s crazy amazing.. Definitely waiting to see bc my daughter brings me dandelions by the dozens when she plays outside lol

    • posted by Yogurt Hydro on April 10, 2015

      If you make it, she may start bringing more.:)

  4. posted by jellybeanerz on April 9, 2015

    I love the idea of involving the kids to work too! Thank you! Also known as Christine Kiehl :)

  5. posted by Debi on April 10, 2015

    Can’t wait to see he detailed instructions. I have heard of this but never had a clue how it was made. Thanks for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

    • posted by Yogurt Hydro on April 10, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by, I’ll see you again next Thursday!:)

  6. posted by Crystal Wall on April 11, 2015

    Living in West Virginia we make dandelion wine and but I have never heard of dandelion jelly. I am going to do my research. This sounds so good :-) I subscribed to your blog just for this, but you have some great posts. Glad I found you on the Giveaway Directory at Someday Crafts. Thanks for sharing.


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