Annie Powell’s Dandelion Coffee
Categories: Ecology & Sustainability Excerpt Food & Nutrition Health & Healing
In honor of National Nutrition Month, we wanted to share with you Annie Powell’s recipe for dandelion coffee. With a rich and full-bodied taste similar to real coffee, but free of the bitterness and acidity, this alternative is the perfect way to finally replace your morning cup! You can find this recipe, along with 500 others, in Pip Waller’s The Herbal Handbook for Home and Health.
Dandelion roots, as many 2-inch long roots as you can find, scrubbed, chopped, and dried for 24 hours by a radiator.
Place the roots in a single layer on a backing sheet in the oven at the lowest temperature. Cook slowly for 2–5 hours (depending upon the temperature of your oven) until the roots look charred, dark brown or black, and withered. Let cool thoroughly for 1–2 hours. Store in jars until use.
Put a saucepan of water on to heat. Add some dried dandelion root (about 3 pieces should be enough for a cup). Bring to a boil and simmer for 10–15 minutes. By this time, the water will be dark brown. Strain into cups and drink, adding milk and sugar to taste, if required.
Makes & Keeps
Roasted roots will keep up to a year in an airtight container.
Once brewed, drink immediately.
More About Dandelion
excerpted from Pip Waller’s Herb Directory in The Herbal Handbook for Home & Health
A common, yellow-flowered weed that grows every year from its deep root. Leaves are long and toothed, growing from a main flower stalk. The cluster of flowers later forms a seed head of hundreds of tiny seeds with fluffy hairs attached, enabling it to travel to new locations on the wind. It is native to Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Uses: The roots and leaves of dandelion are nutritious and used as foods and medicines everywhere the herb grows. Medicinally, the leaves are a powerful diuretic and kidney and liver tonic. The root is a strong liver tonic and stimulant, and a gentle laxative.
Dandelion is used to detoxify and cleanse the body in treating skin and joint problems, cancers, headaches, and general weakness.
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