Many herbs have been used from ancient times to treat many health ailments. Though there are very few studies conducted on many of these herbs, many people have tried them and claim its effectiveness. Dandelion roots and leaves have many medicinal properties. You must check how it helps with liver health, immunity, and other body organs. But how do you make dandelion root coffee? Here you will find everything from identifying the plant to trying delicious recipes.
Identify The Dandelion Roots
Have you ever seen dandelion roots before? How well do you know or recognize them? There are around 250 types of dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale). It has toothed leaves, a branchless and hollow stem, yellow flowers, and milky sap. This is a prevalent type of dandelion. If you choose to pick the roots yourself, you should be able to identify them.
How And When To Dig Up Dandelion Roots?
The toothed-leaves of summer and spring mark where you need to dig. The dandelion roots are thin and long; these can be as deep as 25 cm in the soil. If you don't dig carefully, you may snap at them. Slightly older roots are the best, usually 1 or 2 years old. These have the right size and aren’t too bitter to taste.
Flower beds and vegetable patches are the easiest to dig since the soil is looser comparatively. Winter and Autumn are the perfect seasons of the year to dig up the dandelion roots. This is because, in these colder and darker seasons, this plant sores most of its energy in its roots; thus, they turn nutritious and sweeter. When the moon is waning, the pull towards the earth and the roots is stronger. Thus, these could be the best days to dig.
Preparing The Dandelion Roots for Coffee Using A Microwave Oven
Wash the dandelion roots well and dry them; leave them in a warm place for at least 2 to 3 days to let them dry further. This will reduce the time needed to dry further in the next step. Finely chop the roots and preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius or fan 160 degrees celsius. Dry roast the chopped dandelion roots for 30 to 40 minutes, and once they are ready, they look dark brown. Allow the roots to cool down and store in a jar. The weight of the roots must be half the weight before roasting them in the oven. Grind them into powder before making your dandelion root coffee. Below are a few recipes you may like to try.
Preparing The Dandelion Roots for Coffee Using A Dehydrator
Wash the dandelion roots like before and clean them properly by scrubbing and rinse. You can slice them into large and thin chips. In this method, you have to arrange each piece or chip carefully into the dehydrator tray and let them dehydrate for an hour. Now, chop them into small pieces and spread them on an oven tray. Use the above method to roast the dandelion roots. Grind them into a fine powder and take them into a jar. Use the powder to make your cup of dandelion root coffee. Below are a few dandelion root coffeerecipes you can try.
Preparing The Dandelion Root Coffee from Teatox Life’s Dandelion Coffee
There are ready to use dandelion root powder in the market you may like to use instead of going through all the process above. Teatox Life’s dandelion coffee is readily available online; purchase and use the blend and try various recipes given below.
Preparing The Dandelion Root Coffee Using Tea Bags
Blends of various herbal teas are available in the market, and dandelion powder is mostly available with green tea leaves in tea bags. These are the easiest forms of usage. Just grab one or two tea bags and use them instead of dandelion root powder to steep in water. Add other ingredients like milk, honey, maple syrup, etc. as per your taste or given in the recipes below.
Clear or Milk Dandelion Root Coffee
- Dandelion roots., freshly removed - 280 g
- Milk as per taste
- Honey or sweetener - as per taste
- A small pan
- Water - 350 ml
- Grind 1 ½ tablespoon of dandelion roots and take the powder in a small pan.
- Add 350 ml of clean water to the pan and turn on the stove.
- Let it boil for 10 minutes and simmer.
- Strain the dandelion root coffee using a fine mesh strainer and drink.
- You can add some milk and honey or any sweetener before serving.
Nut Milk Dandelion Root Coffee
- Organic cashew or any nut milk - 1 cup
- Ground dandelion root - 1 to 2 tbsp
- Maple syrup - 1 tbsp
- Cinnamon- 1 tsp
- Ground nutmeg - A pinch or two
- Vanilla extract - 1 to 2 tsp
- Add all the above ingredients for coffee in a small pot and turn on the stove.
- Let it steep for 15 minutes.
- Turn off the stove and strain the coffee using a strainer.
- Garnish with nutmeg.
There are plenty of recipes you can try. You may like adding a dash of whipped cream too. With so many medicinal properties and health benefits, one should try dandelion root coffee. Though, we suggest you check for contraindications and consult a doctor first.