Dandelion Honey Recipe

dandelion honey


I know, I know. Honey comes from bees. But if you have dandelions and no bees, this is a yummy alternative! It may not be as healthy as honey because it uses processed sugar but it tastes surprisingly similar to honey and makes for a good treat.

Making dandelion honey is a bit time consuming (mostly just letting the honey simmer) but fairly easy and hard to mess up. Perfect for letting the kids help!

You need:

  • 4 cups dandelion heads
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 sliced lemon or orange
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2-1/8 cups sugar

You do:

  1. Rinse your flowers and pick off the yellow petals from the dandelions. Try to get as little greens in there as possible; too many green leaves will make the honey bitter.
  2. Put them in a large pot with the water, vanilla, and sliced lemon or orange. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 mins. Let sit for several hours; 2 minimum, but overnight is best.
  3. Strain the mixture with a fine sieve or cheesecloth, squeezing or pressing hard to get as much liquid out as possible. Discard solids.
  4. Replace the liquid back into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and slowly add the sugar, stirring to dissolve as you go. Simmer until it thickens. This will probably take at least a couple of hours. When the honey starts to thicken, put some on a dish to cool. It will thicken more when cooled so you do this to check if it’s the right consistency. If you cool the whole batch and then realize it’s still too thin, you can boil it again to reduce it more. Store in airtight container or jar.

Serve on toast, biscuits, pancakes….whatever you would put honey on or in! Enjoy :)

Have you ever use dandelions for making anything?

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  1. I have heard of using dandelion leaves for salads, but never using the heads for honey. It’s rather intriguing and I may just have to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. This post is so interesting. I had no idea it was possible to make honey from flowers. I learned something new today.

  3. Finally I have a use for those dreaded dandelions. I have never heard of doing this before. I’m going to give it a try…much cheaper than buying honey in the store

  4. I never knew there was a way to make honey without bees! This is very interesting. Not that I would make it myself, but interesting to know if I had to, I could :)

  5. YUM! This is an awesome way for the kids to weed the yard. HA!

  6. First time I have encountered about dandelions being used to make honey. But I can see the logic behind since they are flowers where most bees get their food.

    Thank you for sharing and I really hope I can try this in the future.

  7. I love honey, so I am certain I would love this!

  8. I love honey and wouldn’t mind trying this. Where do you get dandelions if you don’t have weeds?

    • RamblingsMom :

      we got ours from an empty lot that was full of them. I figured that if no one lived there, and it was THAT full of weeds, that there won’t be any herbicides or pesticides. If you don’t have any dandelions in your yard, maybe ask a friend?

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