How to Make Dandelion Coffee
Most of us tend to overlook this annoying little plant. But did you know that the common dandelion, although annoying when it chokes every square inch of our lawns, is 100% edible? Everything from the flower, to the stem, to the roots can be safely consumed. But one of the uses I wanted to talk with you about today, is making dandelion "coffee".
This drink is not actually coffee. It just resembles it in color and taste. Personally, I prefer it to actual coffee though. One benefit is that one can drink this any time of the day since it contains no caffeine!
There are just a few steps to prepare this healthy coffee alternative. With just a little bit of work, you can try it too.
Step #1: Dig the root
The root of the plant tends to be fairly long. But just removing some of the dirt around it, and pulling with a firm twisting motion tends to dislodge at least most of it. I rarely use anything bigger than a buck knife or small trowel. Oh, it might be wise to make sure the plants are in an area free of lawn care chemicals or pesticidestoo!
Step #2: Wash the Root
After you pull the roots, make sure to clean them up extremely well! Wash and scrub! You don't want any dirt mixed in with your drink. You'll also be checking your roots for signs of rotting and insect or worm infestation at this point.
Some people might tell you to scrape the skin off. But this is not necessary as long as the roots are cleaned thoroughly.
Step #3: Cut and Roast
It doesn't matter too much how one chooses to roast their root. I prefer to do it on a dry skillet. It is much faster than an oven. The only downside is that you have to constantly stir the root pieces. Roasting in an oven on medium heat takes time, but it is much less labor-intensive. Either way, the formula is the same: Cook your dandelion root until you start to smell a strong odor which smells just like chocolate. I am not sure chemically what is taking place, but the stuff smells like a chocolate brownie as it dries out and begins to roast. It is not necessary to cook it until it is charred black. But I will continue to roast for a while after noticing the odor, just to make sure it's dried through.
Step #4: Grind
After roasting and allowing to cool, it is time to grind your root pieces. I use an automatic coffee grinder myself. And I add an equal amount of root to the amount of coffee beans I would normally add. Of course, feel free to experiment with different amounts to suit your own personal taste. After grinding, the resulting product looks a little like dirt. Don't let that put you off. Place it into your coffee maker, and brew away as normal. Last step:
Step #5: Drink & Enjoy!
Your drink is complete! Add sugar or cream if desired as you would to any coffee drink. I prefer mine black, as I do my real coffee.
Ground up, the root looks a little like dirt.
Ready-to-drink Dandelion Coffee!!!