Friday, April 08, 2011

Tasty Fried Dandelion Blossoms

Farm Friend Friday ~

Each Spring these beautiful yellow blossoms start popping up everywhere , dandelions are probably the most well known wild herb. But most people consider the plant a nuisance and unsightly on their well manicured lawns , that's a shame. Dandelions are very nutritious and can be used medicinally for many health problems. If you would like to read more about their nutritional value and medicinal properties , click here ~ ~. Today I'm sharing a recipe I tried for the first time last Spring and they're absolutely delicious. Dandelion blossoms should be gathered in the middle of the day when they are fully open and dry. You should always harvest from areas that haven't been treated or sprayed with chemicals. You may get a few bugs as you gather , so be sure to wash well. I bring them inside and emerge in a bowl of water for a minute , make sure you remove any bits of stem that may be attached ..........................

spread them out on a cloth and let them drain while you're mixing up your batter.

You'll need .......

1 egg

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup milk

Cooking oil

Add the 1/2 cup milk to a bowl , add egg and whisk well , add your favorite type of flour and whisk. You can add salt and pepper if you like , it's optional.

Dip dandelion blossoms in batter , cover completely .......

I use olive oil to fry , but it should be heated on a low heat , my oil got to hot the first time I made these. Start on med-low heat , watch closely , you may to need to adjust heat depending on your stove. Drop your battered dandelion in and let them cook until browned on each side. Remove from oil and drain on paper.

Fried dandelion blossoms are delicious with your favorite dip , we love them with ranch dressing. They're also good as a dessert , served with honey , maple syrup or my shag bark hickory syrup for dipping.

Hope you'll give them a try , I think you'll like them.

~ Farm Friend Friday Blessings ~



Marisa said...

I've read about these before but have yet to try them. Dandelions will be bursting forth in the next few weeks...and we certainly have lots of maybe this year will be the year I try them. I will send a link to your post to my daughter as she is always gathering weeds from her lawn to eat.

Grace said...

Looking forward to seeing their sunny faces so I can try this!

Jacqueline said...

We did this last year. The kids thought it was super fun. A bit heavy for my tastes, but I think we will continue the tradition. Thanks for the reminder!

thecrazysheeplady said...

I'll try it!

Unknown said...

Well, I will defintily HAVE to give them a try!
I'll add them to my list of things to eat with Dandelions! It sounds yummy!
thanks for your entry!

Patrice said...

I've never heard of this. How interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Leontien said...

haha.... hmmm fried dandelion....
I don't know if i'm brave enough...

I'll discuss it with my hubby see what he says...

I'll let you know! ;-)


Lib said...

I have tons of dandelions this yr.;o)
Have agreat wk.end!

Anonymous said...

You certainly are tempting me with all these dandelion recipes! I might get brave enough to try this when they actually appear here!


Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

This post brought a smile to my face! YES.IT.DID.
My mother used to tell me all the time -- you can eat those. I never saw her eat one...I think maybe she just didn't know how to prepare one.
She didn't ever have the internet--or a computer for that matter...She's gone now-- I bet with the right recipe she'd have tried them.

I'm gonna give your recipe a try---in memory of my MOM!
I'm also going to read up on the medicinal value of Dandelions

Thanks for posting this!

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Marisa ~ Glad you came by for a visit , thanks for sharing this post with your daughter.

Hi Grace ~ Hope you all enjoy them !

Hi Jacqueline ~ That'll be a wonderful tradition to carry on.

Hi Crazy Sheep Lady (LOL) ~ Love your blogging name , hope you like them !

Hi Deborah Jean ~ Sounds like they definitely need to be on the menu at the " Dandelion House " (LOL).

Hi Patrice ~ Glad you stopped by , you should give them a try.

Hi Leontien ~ My hubby likes them , but it took awhile for him to try them.

Hi Lib ~ I know you like Dandelions , hope you and Little Shadow are enjoying them.

Hi Teresa ~ Give them a try , but if you didn't like fried okra , there's a good chance you will not care for dandelions either. But honey or ranch dressing makes everything taste yummy !

Hi Corn in my Coffeepot ~ Yep , as I was growing up I was always told you could eat them , but no one ever cooked them. I became interested in wild herbs about 10 years ago and since then I've tried cooking them many different ways. Of course garlic and honey makes everything taste wonderful (LOL). I'm glad to hear this post brought a smile to your face and hope you will try them.

~ Dandelion Blessings ~

Gill - That British Woman said...

popped over via Lib's because I was curious about these....

Gill in Canada

Anonymous said...

Just fried some up - OH MY these are good!

JoyceAnn said...

Hi Annette ~ Glad you tried them and liked them.

~ Be Blessed ~