Vegan Dandelion Honey
With spring in full bloom and summer slowly approaching, it is high time for making this amazing vegan dandelion honey. The floral note it adds to your teas is delicious, and most importantly, it is completely vegan and can easily be made at home.
What you need
about 200 dandelion heads
1 pack (1 kg) sugar of your choice (I recommend light brown sugar)
juice of 1 lemon
water as needed (about 200 ml)
What you do
First of all, separate the petals from the green part. This is the most time consuming part, and your fingernails will probably need cutting after as the sap leaves a dark brown stain, but it's definitely worth it. If you leave the green bits on, your honey will turn out quite bitter.
Once you separated the petals, layer them and the sugar in a big jar. Make sure the last layer is sugar, and leave the jar at room temperature in a semi-light place for 2-3 weeks.
Next, transfer the sugar-petal-mix to a pot, add lemon juice and heat slowly. Make sure you stir it a lot. Once it starts to melt, slowly add water bit by bit, until it reaches a smooth but still thick consistency.
Strain and put back in the pot, adding water as needed, and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
Check the consistency by dropping some on a cold spoon. Once you're happy with it, carefully transfer to a sterilized jar. Make sure that the jar is not too cold, as it might crack with the heat of the sugar.
Store in a cool, dark place. The honey can be stored for several months.
This honey is a perfect addition to teas, as well as making a nice spread. Don't worry if your honey separates like on the photo below, this is just the harder sugary parts separating from the more syrupy water. This happens because, other than several recipes I found online, I infused the sugar rather than the water. I also did not want a syrup, which can quickly happen when you use the infused water and add sugar to it; it's not easy to steam out enough water for it to be proper honey-like. My version reminds me of the kind of honey that naturally separates the sticky syrup from the crunchy part. It can easily be stirred back together before use.
Have fun trying out this recipe and enjoy your very own homemade honey!