How to make Dandelion root coffee

Taraxacum Officiale, The Common Dandelion

 

You would be surprised to find out how delicious some of your garden weeds taste, dandelion root coffee is no exception. It is full of Vitamin A, B, C and D, not to mention it has rich amounts of zinc, iron and potassium.

Ingredient: A large handful of dandelion roots

equipment needed:

chopping board

sharp knife

pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius

optional – food processor and pestle and mortar

1. First dig up 20 or so large dandelion plants, if you are wanting to make a jar full you will need to pick 40 + roots. This may seem like a lot of bother, but if you have a garden you can do your weeding by collecting the dandelion roots.

2. Wash the roots thoroughly, don’t worry if you can’t get off all the dirt, as long as you have got the majority of it off so it wont taste like muck.

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washed dandelion root

3. Chop the root into small chunks.

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chopping dandelion roots

4. Put the roots in a food processor until it is is finely chopped, alternatively you can chop it up finely yourself, this would take longer.

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finely chopped dandelion root

5. Scoop out the chopped roots and scatter as best you can on a tray. And place in a pre heated oven set at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes  after 15 minutes shake tray to make sure all parts of the roots are evenly being roasted.

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dandelion root scattered on baking tray

6. After the roots have been roasted you can either place them in a jar and use them as they are, or ground them up using a pestle and mortar.

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