Ah, Spring. The magical season that appears after a long, cold winter. The air is fresh, birds are singing, and the flowers are in full bloom. It’s a time of growth and renewal.
On the homestead, it means babies, watching the bees emerge from the hive, and new plants growing. Spring is truly here when the flowers are all in bloom.
I can’t think of any flower or plant that I DON’T love to see in the Spring, to be honest. I do have my favorites, though.
One of the Flowers I Love the Most Is the Dandelion
Truly, they are one of the most easily recognized flowers in the Spring.
From their yellow blossoms to their deeply notched green leaves, the dandelion is a magnificent flower. In the Spring, the bright yellow blanket of sunshiney happiness covers my lawn.
The flowers are a wonderful food for bees, who are winter weary. Dandelions can be made into wine, cookies, cakes and even pasta.
Foraging for Dandelions Is Fairly Easy
Most of the time, you just open your door, take a couple of steps outside and there they are! If you don’t have a lawn, try looking for some at a park, on a hiking trail, or asking a friend for theirs.
Yes, you want to be careful about them being potentially sprayed with chemicals-ask first! That would make eating dandelions dangerous if they had chemicals on them. My neighbors agreed to not spray them anymore, as long as I come to get them, root and all.
I am always more than happy to oblige! I’ll come to get you, little dandelion, and take you for my own!
Leave some for the Bees
I collect as many as I can, leaving 5-6 flowers for each one I take. That way the bees have their share, too. Simply pop the yellow heads off the stem, gently shake to remove any insects, and add to your collection bowl.
Snip a couple greens with your scissors, and save those for a delicious salad or pesto! Eating dandelions from yard foraging is truly a springtime treat.
The yellow dandelion blossoms have a delicate, sweet flavor that is almost like honey.
They can be used in a wide variety of culinary uses. They add just a light touch of sweet that is balanced by the other ingredients in the dish.
Just make sure you pull only the yellow parts off, and not the green. The green stems can add a bitterness to your dish.
This dandelion honey butter is just the right amount of sweet, delicate, and yummy.
Dandelion Honey Butter
- 1/4 cup dandelion blossoms measured AFTER being removed from stem
- 1/4 cup butter salted or unsalted, but unsalted works best
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- Allow butter to come to room temperature to soften.
- Combine butter and honey, and whip vigorously with a fork.
- Stir in dandelion petals.
- Store in a covered jar, in the fridge for up to 3 months.
Spread some on homemade bread, over bagels, muffins, and even cornbread! It’s great even for tossing over pasta, or popcorn.
It’s 3 simple, quality ingredients that make a delicious spread. Butter, honey, dandelion blossoms. You can just taste it right now, can’t you?
What is your favorite way to use dandelions? Will you try this honey butter? Be sure to pin this for later!
Heather’s homesteading journey started in 2006, with baby steps: first, she got a few raised beds, some chickens, and rabbits. Over the years, she amassed a wealth of homesteading knowledge, knowledge that you can find in the articles of this blog.