I am a big fan of all things dandelion. Learn about the benefits of dandelion, how to identify it, how to harvest it, or how to use it for food. It’s readily available. And by all means, don’t spray it. Enjoy it!
Try and enjoy this iced beverage. Although dandelion root is bitter this iced beverage is not at all, especially if you add honey. My kids find roasted dandelion brew to be so gross and bitter, but they will pound a whole glass of this yummy drink. I should post pictures of me enjoying it in the summer when it’s hot out. Not so much in early Spring when I have to where a blanket and gloves. But hey, its just that good!
Dandelion Root vs Roasted Dandelion Root
So, there is a difference between just dandelion root and roasted dandelion root. Plain dandelion root is just the dried root. The roasted dandelion root is actually roasted much like how a coffee bean is roasted. All you do is take dandelion root put it in the oven for about 30 minutes at 300 degrees or until the roots turn dark brown with a roasted smell and start to smoke a tad. Or, take the easy approach, you can purchase already roasted dandelion roots! WHHHATTTTTTT!!?!?!!!!
Where to Purchase Roasted Dandelion Root
You can find roasted dandelion root at The Wild Alex Herbs Etsy store. You can also purchase it at your local herb shop. Some grocery stores carry it in the tea section where it is packaged as tea. It’s also available from Mountain Rose Herbs in bulk.
How to Brew Roasted Dandelion Root
Brew roasted dandelion root just as you would coffee. Make sure to grind the root just as you would a coffee bean. About 1 Tablespoon of root to 1 cup of water. Drink just like you would your coffee. I add vanilla almond milk to mine. I love the taste of coffee, so bitter and tasty. I love my roasted dandelion brew even better! I find it to be a little bit more bitter than coffee.
Prepare Root as a Decoction
Make sure the root is chopped up nice and small. About 1 tablespoon of the root to 1 cup of water. If you want, grind the root up in a grinder. Put in a pot and cover with cold water. Let sit for an hours or so, then gently bring the pot of water and root to a boil for about 15 minutes. Strain. Another method is to add the root to water. Bring to a boil. Once at a boil reduce to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain and boom… your roasted dandelion root decoction is ready to go.
I like to make a huge pot of the dandelion brew and freeze in ice cube trays. Then I use them in a variety of smoothies. Enjoy the recipe below. Let me know what you think of it once you try it. You can comment below or let me know on Facebook.
Iced Dandelion Root Smoothie
An iced coffee substitute that is tasty and healthy.
- 1 cup roasted dandelion root, brewed/decoction
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter (or butter of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon honey *optional
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a very cool cup/glass and enjoy!
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