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Dandelion Marmalade April 13, 2011

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So, spring is here and so are the dandelions. I’ve always been intrigued by the fact that the leaves, flours and roots of the dandelion plant is edible, so I thought I’d try some marmalade to get me started.

Ingredients

  • 150g dandelion petals (to remove the petals from the head, hold  the petals in one hand, the green bit in the other and twist)
  • two large oranges
  • two lemons
  • about 600ml water (about 3 cups, or thereabouts)
  • 1 kilo preserving sugar
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot (which is probably cheating)

Method

  1. Grate the rinds of the oranges and lemons, and throw it into a large pan with their juice.
  2. Bring it to a violent boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes.
  3. Add the petals, and enough water to cover it. It my case, it was about three mugs, which I make to be 600ml, but use caution and cunning.
  4. Boil again for about 15 minutes.
  5. Stir the arrowroot in with the sugar, aiming for an even mix.
  6. Add the sugar and arrowroot to the boiling mixture, and stir it in until it is all absorbed.
  7. Boil the crap out of it for about an hour.
  8. Test it to make sure it’s set (google it).
  9. Pour into sterile jars (google it). I got about four jars’ worth.

It has kind of a honey-ish, citrussy taste. Which makes sense, if you think about it. In fact, it’s delicious. Words cannot describe. I just made a second batch…

Enjoy with scones.