Delicious vegan honey that doesn't exploit bees!
- 4 cups dandelion petals
- 4 cups water filtered
- 1 orange
- 3½ cups sugar (preferably natural)
- Pick a large bowl of dandilion flowers.
- Remove the petals from the flowers and remove any little insects that stayed behind.
- Bring 1 liter water to a boil. Slice the orange and add to pot along with flower petals. Immediately remove pot from heat, cover, and let stand for a day.
- The next day, strain the petals and squeeze out any remaining water. Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar and let simmer for a minimum of 2 hours. Frequently check the texture by letting some honey cool on a spoon, until it has reached the right thickness.
- Sterilise at least two jars by boiling them in water.
- Pour the honey into the jars and let cool. You can seal the jars by returning them to the boiling water for 10 minutes.
This recipe makes around 3 cups worth of honey. Calories are indicated per TSP. I largely picked flowers that had fully bloomed so that the bees had the opportunity to get what they need, without the flowers having lost their luster. Make sure you pick from a spot that is clean, so not next to a road of where people and dogs trample the flowers. To remove the petals I find it easiest to twist the petals out of the flower by grabbing the base. This process will take a bit of time, but the hearts can be bitter. Washing the flowers removes the nectar and pollen which give the honey its distinctive flavor. Just take your time and go enjoy the process outside in the sun with some music!