Dandelions Are Dandy

Dandelions are more than mere weeds -- they're one of the more useful wild plants, and they're readily available in your backyard. Check out this list of projects to see why dandelions are just dandy.

Dandelion Wine
Dandelion Wine
Round up the troops to pick your pesky dandelions and turn those babies into out-and-out wine (with a little help from Father Fermentation). (Image via The Old School)

Dandelion Syrup
Steep those dandies in sugar water for a deep yellow hue and sweetly floral flavor -- or add some vinegar for a tangy shrub. (Image via Life's a Lasagna)
Dandelion Soda
Ferment the petals for a refreshing fizz, or use the root in a zippy root beer. (Image via Along the Grape Vine)
Dandelion Jelly
Dandelion Jelly
Dandelion petals make for a bright yellow jelly that tastes remarkably of honey. They're also a great addition to marmalade. (Image via Aunt Bee's Garden)
Dandelion Vinegar
Dandelion Vinegar
Dandelion leaves and roots add a richly herbaceous note to balsamic vinegar. (Image via My Pantry Shelf)
Pickled Dandelion Buds
Pickled Dandelion Buds
Catch the buds before they open for this unusual pickle. (Image via Wildcraft Vita)
Dandelion Root Tincture
Dandelion Root Tincture
Dandelions have medicinal properties, too. Infuse the root into a tincture to keep heartburn at bay. (Image via Rubus Raspberry)
Dandelion Sausages with Veal
Dandelion Sausages with Veal
Weed the yard and feed the family at the same time, has multi-tasking ever been more virtuous? Dandelions add a tang to these tasty sausages of veal and swine. (Image via Spectacularly Delicious)
Dandelion Pancakes
Dandelion SausagesPancakes
You can't beat the weeds, so you might as well eat them. Dandelions are so healthy...and make good pancakes! (Image via Healthy Green Kitchen)

 

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