Over the last couple of weeks the dandelion's have exploded into flower around where we live - they are everywhere! The entire plant is edible (remember Dandelion and Burdock Beer?), but I think the most fun can be found in gathering the flowers. It is one of the few plants that everyone is confident in identifying; kids love picking them, and in my mind it counts as weeding - whats not to like!
There's a whole host of recipes that use the dandelion flower; teas, wines, salads and savouries. The plant is recognised as being one of our most nutritious weeds; containing anti-oxidant vitamins, minerals, calcium, and protein, and would have been a food staple for our ancestors here in Europe. Why not try our beautifully simple Dandelion and Lemon biscuits for a sunny introduction to this wonderful weed!
Approx 20 flower heads
100g caster sugar
Zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 tbsp of its juice
180g plain flour
20g corn flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
Dollop spoonfuls onto a baking tray and cook for approximately 12 mins at 180C/350F/gas 4 until golden. Cool on a wire rack and enjoy with a cup of tea!