Homemade dandelion syrup ❤️ [PRZEPIS]
Dandelion is a very valuable plant known for its many health-promoting properties. The dandelion harvesting season begins in late April and lasts through May. It is worth getting acquainted with the recipe for dandelion syrup and before harvesting it, check how not to confuse it with dandelion.
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Dandelion syrup – medicinal properties
Dandelion syrup should be in every kitchen, not just for the elderly. The extract from this plant is not only delicious, but above all healthy. This remedy is valued primarily for its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
What does dandelion syrup help with?
Most often it is used for colds, where it helps in the fight against persistent cough and runny nose. Many people also use it for stomach problems. Dandelion syrup for digestion has calming properties and can help with food poisoning, for example. Regular use of the syrup also supports the proper functioning of the liver and other internal organs. Taking advantage of the current season, it is worth preparing dandelion syrup and enjoying its beneficial effects on our body.
Dandelion – how do you distinguish it from field dandelion?
In Polish gardens you can find many wild plants that are similar to each other. This is e.g. in dandelion and field spurge. Although these two flowers are deceptively similar, unlike the dandelion, the dandelion is noxious. However, there are some differences in the structure of plants, thanks to which they can be distinguished from each other.
Dandelions are characterized by the fact that only one flower head grows from a stalk. Different with dandelion, here several flowers grow from one stalk. This is one of the main characteristics by which you can tell a dandelion from a dandelion. The difference is also visible in the height of both plants. Dandelions are much larger than dandelions and can grow up to 150 cm tall.
See also the article: Dandelion or Dandelion? A widespread weed with remarkable health properties.
How and when to collect dandelions?
It is worth preparing for the collection of dandelions at the end of April. Then the flowering of this plant begins in the meadows and gardens. However, it all depends on the time of year and sometimes the dandelions don’t appear until early or mid-May. During this period it is worth looking for.
Quite a lot of flowers are needed to prepare the syrup. Disposable gloves can be worn when collecting dandelions as the plant can cause yellow discoloration of hands. The flowers themselves are used to cook the syrup, so all you have to do is pick the flower baskets. After collecting the dandelion, ventilation should be provided, preferably wicker baskets, avoid tightly sealed plastic bags. Before boiling the syrup, it is good to spread the flowers on parchment so that all the creatures that we brought from the meadow can leave.
Important tip: Flowers should be collected in dry and warm weather. Young buds are the best, so don’t hesitate to harvest. It pays to choose remote locations that aren’t directly exposed, for example, to exhaust fumes from a nearby highway.
Dandelion syrup – how to prepare it? [PRZEPIS]
If you are wondering which recipe for dandelion syrup to choose, it is worth resorting to a traditional recipe that has been known for centuries.
Homemade dandelion syrup [PRZEPIS]
A tried and tested recipe for homemade dandelion syrup. Learn how to make this healthy syrup, also known as dandelion honey.
- 1 liter dandelion flowers
- 2 lemons
- 1 kg of sugar
- Dandelion flowers can, but don’t have to, be separated from the green parts – they do, however, give a slightly bitter aftertaste.
- Place dandelion flowers in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Simmer for an hour.
- After an hour, take the extract to a cool place for the whole day.
- After this time, squeeze the contents of the saucepan through gauze and add 1 kg of sugar to the prepared decoction (it can be a little less if you are careful with sugar) and add lemons. Cover with a lid, bring everything to a boil, then cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the syrup evaporates and thickens.
- The syrup should be similar in consistency to runny honey. Pour the finished syrup into sterilized jars and seal immediately. Store in a cool place.
Dandelion syrup for digestion – how to use it?
Dandelion syrup for digestion can be used in a variety of forms. It tastes good on sandwiches as well as in drinks, e.g. teas. On hot days, you can use it to make homemade lemonade, for example. To do this, simply mix it with sparkling water and add a slice of lemon and mint leaves. Syrup can also be added to desserts such as waffles or ice cream.
How is dandelion syrup dosed?
However, when supporting the immune system, care should be taken to ensure the correct dosage. Dandelion syrup for immunity should be used in amounts of 2 – 3 teaspoons per day.
Diabetes should use it with caution, since it contains a large amount of sugar.
Dandelion syrup – ready-made or homemade?
Many health food stores and pharmacies offer their customers dandelion syrup. However, the finished syrup fulfills its healing role only if there are no harmful substances in its composition. We are talking about preservatives or coloring agents here. We can avoid these by choosing first-class products from reliable sources or by preparing the syrup ourselves. All you need to make it are flowers, sugar, water and lemon. So if you have the opportunity, it is best to prepare it yourself at home.
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