The foraging adventures continue! I wanted to harvest some dandelion roots this fall with the intention of making roasted dandelion root tea.
It sounded interesting. And every single source said the health benefits of the plant were numerous.
According to learningherbs, dandelion roots are good for liver health. And because the liver affects many other parts of the body, dandelion root helps with a lot of different things. (The recipe I used can be found through the above links as well.)
As livestrong mentions, dandelion root has a lot of potassium and “It also contains high levels of iron, boron, calcium, silicon [and] vitamin C.”
Super-healthy? Sign me up. I can get it for free from my own yard? I’m on it.
And so I grabbed my shovel and I wandered about outside looking for some good-sized dandelion roots. The kids were mostly good enough not to wander too far from sight 🙂
And then I took a sip. I immediately made a face. It was very bitter. As I expected. Somewhat like coffee but not as…warm? Flavorful?
I had to add things to it to make it drinkable. First, a bit of vanilla, cinnamon and honey.
It was still too bitter. More honey and a lot of unsweetened vanilla almond milk were added. And then I ended up adding a spoonful of coconut palm sugar before I was happy with the taste.
I’m trying my best to avoid refined sugar. It’s been hit-and-miss so far. But this time…victory 🎉
Oh my it was so bitter. But tasted rather good in the end.
I couldn’t help but think about bitterness as an emotion, as opposed to a taste.
I remember my son when he tasted cocoa powder for the first time. It smelled like the chocolate he loved but left a bad taste in his mouth.
“Grace given when it feels least deserved is the only antidote for bitter rot.”
from Uninvited, chapter 7, by Lysa TerKeurst.
But tempered with sweetness and mixed into the cookies he loved, the bitterness was transformed. It was the same for the tea. Bitterness transformed was a pleasant thing instead of a thing almost poisonous to swallow.
As I battle bitterness threatening to overwhelm me, this lesson hit quite close to home. I’m grateful for the lesson so gently revealed.
And I enjoyed my cup of tea 🙂
Any coffee drinkers out there? Have you ever tried roasted dandelion root tea? If so, what was your impression?