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Dandelion Flower Iced Tea

Dandelion Iced Tea

I’ve been eating my dandelions (from my chemical-free yard!) in salads lately, but wanted another fun way to use them. I saw some beautiful wild violet and dandelion lemonade that I also want to try, but I drink a lot of iced tea in the summertime and I thought, “why not put them in my tea?”

Dandelions have many health benefits (this is from the Herb Companion):

“The dandelion has long been used as an herb for its medicinal properties. This edible plant is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially in vitamin A. It can be applied externally or taken internally to address a number of health problems, most prominently kidney disorders, liver dysfunction and mild digestive problems. Preparing a root infusion or a tonic often aids in strengthening the kidneys and eliminating toxins from the body. The dandelion is also helpful with its powerful diuretic properties, flushing the system without depleting potassium levels.”

It’s a simple thing to make. Just gather some fresh, clean dandelion flowers that have not been sprayed with any pesticides or herbicides. Put them in a jar. I used a quart jar and filled it about 1/3 of the way with flowers.

Dandelion Iced Tea

Pour hot boiling water over the flowers, add a tea bag or two or four (depending on how big your tea bags are … if the tea bags you’re using are meant for one cup of tea, you’ll want to use one tea bag for each cup of water you put in). Any kind of tea will work! Herbal tea, green tea, white tea, black tea. I used a Peach Passion Iced Green Tea bag from Lipton.

Let it steep for 10 minutes. You can then strain out the dandelions and remove the tea bag (or do that step at serving time). Chill in the fridge and serve over ice. Of course you can sweeten it to your liking. I have learned to like my tea unsweetened.

I found the dandelions added a nice floral note to the taste of the tea.

This recipe was shared at Fabulous FridayFit & Fabulous FridaysWeekend Potluck and Trick or Treat Tuesdays.

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11 responses

  1. Love this post Ann! I get a wonderful dandelion tea by me and it’s fabulous! Can’t wait to try this :)

    May 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Lauren! It’s super easy and I really loved the taste of it :)

      May 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  2. chindeep3141

    oh my gosh! I LOVE this! Can’t wait to try it and I’m going to feature it over at Tea Paparazzo right NOW! :) xoxo

    May 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    • Ann

      oh yay! Thank you :)

      May 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  3. Cool idea. Something to do with my yard full of dandelions.

    May 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    • Ann

      It’s nice to have something useful to do with them :)

      May 11, 2012 at 6:41 am

  4. Henrietta Lala (Granny Lala)

    Herbs are only as good as what they grow in. It can take years (think 8 at least), for a lawn/yard/garden to be cleared of contamination. Many housing sites are also filled in with soil and materials that leach out for a long time. Cars passing on the street, mowing the lawn (spewing gasoline products), pets using it for a toilet, nearby factories and refineries, all can poison it. If you don’t live on a certified organic farm, you might consider buying your dandelions and other herbs from an organic source just to be safe.

    May 11, 2012 at 5:56 am

    • Ann

      You’re probably right Henrietta, but I want to make use of what I have … I wouldn’t go BUY dandelions to make tea, even if there were anyone around here that would sell them. Plus it would be hard to know whether a store-bought source is safer than your own yard. At least in your own yard, you know what has been done to it.

      May 11, 2012 at 6:46 am

  5. Rainie

    http://www.thedailyspud.com/2010/05/14/dandelions-just-eat-em/ thought you might like to try this.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you so much for sharing! Yes, absolutely I would!

      May 11, 2012 at 9:19 pm

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