You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Beer, Wine, and Liquor How To Make Dandelion Wine How To Make Dandelion Wine Turn those garden “weeds” into something delicious. Stone Soup Institute / Flickr (Creative Commons) by Andrea Bertoli July 12, 2018, 12:03 pm I wish I knew decades ago what I know now about the medicinal and nutritional benefits of dandelions: I remember my dad spending hours trying to get these sunny little “weeds” out of our suburban lawn. But savvy homesteaders, foragers, and DIY-ers know that the flowers, leaves, and roots of dandelions are edible. The greens can be eaten cooked or raw, the roots are a healing liver tonic, and the flowers can be used to make a delicious spring tonic known as dandelion wine. Stefan Steinbauer / Unsplash If you want to connect with your local ecosystem, maximize your use of wild foods, or just want a new DIY project, (how cool is it to give a gift of homemade wine or enjoy it with someone you love?), making dandelion wine may be for you. Related Post: How to Make Carrot Wine I particularly like dandelion wine (and the dandelion greens and roots) because it’s so fun to share this awesome plant with people who normally consider it just a weed. I love challenging commonly held misconceptions of plants, like dandelion, purslane, and amaranth in this way, and surprising people with the benefits of truly wild foods. Also, if you live in a dandelion-growing region (which is almost everywhere!), you have an abundant, FREE source of ingredients at your fingertips, so it’s an economical way to experiment with homemade wines and ferments. You’ll need a few pieces of equipment to get started, but these are pretty affordable and can be purchased from a natural foods store or wine/beer brewing shop. Brewing at home: mead and dandelion wine. First tasting – next summer. Can't wait 😀 Делаем мёд и вино из одуванчиков дома. Первая дегустация – следующим летом. Не можем дождаться 😀 #brewingathome #brewing #mead #dandelionwine #homemade #мед #виноизодуванчиков #готовимдома A post shared by Alena Aliashkevich (@alena.aliashkevich) on Jun 17, 2018 at 9:33am PDT How To Harvest Dandelions For Wine When choosing your forage grounds for harvesting your dandelions, be sure to choose flowers from non-sprayed areas. Never harvest from city parks, urban areas, or near roadways, as these might be contaminated with fertilizer, physical contaminants, and/or pesticides. It’s also good to make sure your dandelions do not come from grassy areas used by pets, as the plants might be contaminated with urine or feces. Related Post: Why You Should Keep Your Dandelions While the whole dandelion plant is edible, only the bright yellow petals are used for wine making. But it’s not as easy as just snipping off the heads: Each of those tiny little petals must be removed from the flower head entirely before proceeding. Find a friend and get plucking! A #dandelion harvest… #wildflowers #beeloved #buzzing #dandelionwine A post shared by Bri Crowley (@flamingmount) on Jun 9, 2018 at 3:52pm PDT It’s best to pick dandelions first thing in the morning (or when the buds open). Feral Botanicals shares two tricks to easily remove the petals from the flower heads. First, use your fingers to split the head down the middle, separating the flower from the green parts. Alternatively, you can snip off the green sepals leaving just the petals. If you don’t have a huge dandelion field nearby (or if it’s just not as abundant this year), you might need to harvest in batches throughout the season, freezing the flowers in the meantime. Luckily, dandelions have a long season, so you could theoretically gather them all season, keeping the extras for winemaking all year round. Related Post: Dandelions Freeze the completed flower petals in a bag or jar until you have the full amount needed for your recipe. See below for recipe amounts, you’ll need anywhere from a few cups to 3 quarts, depending on the recipe you follow and the total amount of wine you want to make. Dandelion Wine Recipes Like most fermentation projects, there are as many recipes as there are homesteaders! I found three excellent recipes for homemade dandelion wine for beginners, and I’ve shared them below. Dandelion wine in the making – a little delayed. Step five: add the citrus fruits, raisins and wine yeast to the mix. Stir once a day, but otherwise just let it sit for about 2 weeks and let the yeast do its work. No airtight lids, the yeast needs to do its thing #dandelion #dandelionwine #winemaking #homebrew #dandelionflower #wine #brewing #alcohol #homemadewine A post shared by Sille (@miss_toxica0) on Jun 12, 2018 at 1:34am PDT Before you get started, you need to make sure you have a few key ingredients: Ingredients For Dandelion Wine Dandelion petals (discard all green parts before measuring, as this will make the wine very bitter) Filtered water A few oranges A few lemons Sugar Wine Yeast Raisins Ginger Basic Tools For Dandelion Wine Cutting board and knife for prep Stockpot for cooking Glass or ceramic crock for fermenting (most recommend a 2-gallon crock) Airlock Fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth Bottles and corks for the finished product An update on the progress of my experimental batch of Dandelion Wine. The petals we picked and cleaned back in May steeped for a week before we strained the liquid, added yeast, and transferred it all to this corboy to ferment. After several weeks, we racked it again to remove the sediment that had settled on the bottom, added stabilizer and a bit of clarifier, and it is waiting for a final racking in about a week. At the moment, the wine is bright yellow, and fairly clear, with about an inch of cloudiness settling towards the bottom. In a couple of weeks, when it’s finally clear throughout, it will be time to bottle. #genevail #genevaillinois #dandelionwine #trynewthings #winemaking #yellow A post shared by Geneva Daily (@genevadaily) on Jun 10, 2018 at 12:31pm PDT Directions For Making Dandelion Wine There are lots of great recipes available for homemade dandelion wine, and below I’ve shared the three most clear and comprehensive recipes. They all contain basically the same ingredients, although each blogger uses a slightly different technique. Dandelion wine has been racked! . #brewyourown #growyourownfood #dandelionwine A post shared by Christianne Slate (@christyslt) on Jun 17, 2018 at 12:24pm PDT Commonsense Home: The most detailed description of making dandelion wine, along with supplemental links for bottling and tasting the wine. Apothecary’s Garden: Offers really detailed prep and fermentation instructions. Epicurious: Not usually a homestead-focused site, but this recipe is simple to follow and features Meyer lemons, which are my favorite. How To Enjoy Dandelion Wine Dandelion wine can be sipped immediately after fermentation, or it can be allowed to ferment further. Many people think the dandelion wine tastes similar to brandy with a warmth typical of wines. The light, bright flavor will bring a sense of spring to those months of less sunshine and cooler temperatures! The dandelion mead is finished and amazingly delicious! 🌼 Recipe is up on the blog!🥂 Link in profile 💫 A post shared by Grow Forage Cook Ferment (@growforagecookferment) on Jun 9, 2018 at 9:41am PDT Dandelion wine can be drank straight, or it can be mixed with soda water for a spritzer. A few drops of bitters will enhance the medicinal aspects of the wine. Other Recipes To Make With Dandelions There are lots of different versions of homemade dandelion wine available. Here are some of the most interesting we found: Pink Raspberry Dandelion Wine: Raspberries add flavor and a sweet color to this version of dandelion wine. Dandelion Jelly: Made with just the flowers, this jelly uses sugar and fruit pectin for a honey-like condiment. Dandelion Root “Coffee”: After you use all the greens for salad, the flowers for wine, then you can dig up the roots to make this nourishing “coffee.” Dandelion Wine Fruitcake: To make use of the strained flowers and fruit. And if dandelions don’t interest you, many other flower wines are made in a similar way: lilac wine and elderflower wine are some of the more common. Of course, the same foraging rules apply: Harvest from a clean area, always work with an expert guide, and know 100% what flowers you choose to use and that they can be made into wine this way. See more Previous article Homestead Stories: The Holly And The Ivy Next article The Best Amazon Prime Day Deals For Homesteaders Written by Andrea Bertoli Andrea is a marketing and media professional focused on mission-driven businesses. She currently manages sales at CleanTechnica, the world’s largest cleantech news website. She has worked at startups, in small businesses, and as a freelancer, and brings years of marketing, event management, and community outreach skills to our team. 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