Wild dandelion and burdock syrup sauce

The inspiration for this recipe comes from a favorite drink of mine made by Fentimans. I grew up drinking Dandelion and Burdock soda, and the abundance of these wild plants in the Pacific northwest spurred me on to develop a homemade syrup – which can then be used in various applications from salads to ice cream.

According to tradition, dandelion and burdock are detoxifying, cleansing diuretics. Together they are high in vitamins A, B6, and K, as well as minerals such as magnesium.

This recipe yields approximately 7 fl oz/200ml, but this can definitely vary due to the reduction process.

What you will need:

  • 20 fl oz/600 ml water
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 2 tbsp dandelion root – which is about 4 to 6 roots total, scrubbed, and chopped
  • 2 tbsp burdock root – which is about two thumbs’ lengths, scrubbed, peeled, scrubbed again and sliced
  • Local honey (I used a maple honey because of the great flavor that it brings.)

How you can do it:

  1. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Add the salt and the roots, and simmer for about 30 minutes. It would be good for you to know that the roots would not be too difficult to find in dried form at your local herbalist shop.
  2. Strain the liquid and measure the volume.
  3. For every 2 fl oz/ml, add 1 fl oz/ml of honey to the liquid.
  4. Return to a rolling boil until thickening, or for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Leave to cool in a jar. I left mine on a window sill because it felt olde-timey.

After you have followed the recipe, you will have a syrup which can be also be converted into a sweet vinaigrette dressing by using a ratio of 2 parts oil to 1 part syrup to 1 part vinegar.

Process some tomatoes and syrup together in a blender. There you have it, a delicious unique BBQ glaze for your next cook-out.

Otherwise, you can drizzle this syrup elixir on ice cream or pancake, or you could even add it to drinks. It would go great in a cup of rooibos tea!

What wild wonders should I try cooking up in the kitchen next? For what would you use this tasty syrup sauce?

If you make any or all of this recipe, please share pictures and use #dandelionandburdocksauce and #CookingWithMummaAlsum.

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