ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Dandelion Flower Jam, a Very Delicate Mix

Updated on August 27, 2020
SpecialFoodrecipe profile image

you'll discover a wide range of enjoyable meals concepts, together with last-minute recipes, vacation recipes, meals hacks and extra.

Dandelion flower jam, a different and original jam

Dandelion flower jam is a very special jam, different from the ones you are definitely used to. First of all, because it is made with an ingredient that, although it is part of the Italian botanical tradition, is little consumed. Secondly, because flowers are used for this plant. Obviously this choice requires a certain lengthening of the procedure, which foresees a preliminary phase to "prepare" the flowers for cooking.

Specifically, they must be carefully cleaned and dried completely. In addition, it is necessary to cut away the green part of each flower, which is not edible. 200 dandelion flowers are required for this jam. They may seem like a lot, but I assure you that you will have fun collecting them. The outsides are very colourful and beautiful to look at, so a walk in a meadow or on a land full of dandelions can only be good for the body and the spirit.

Going back to jam, it should be mentioned the taste, which is very delicate, but also the nutritional implications. Although the phases are slightly different and more numerous than "normal" jams (those with cherries for example), dandelion flowers retain all their properties intact. Properties that are essentially purifying and detoxifying, especially for the gallbladder and liver. Dandelion flowers, like the whole plant, are a mild laxative and diuretic. This means that they stimulate metabolic processes without causing discomfort. Dandelion flowers are mainly used to prepare infusions, but nothing prevents them from being used as ingredients if properly treated. On the other hand, this is precisely the case, dandelion flower jam is a genuine, tasty product that is good for health.

Which sugar to use for this jam?

As for sugar, those who prepare a jam and not only the dandelion flower jam are often caught by a doubt. Which sugar should be used? Those who consider it as a side dish, to give consistency and sweetness to the compound, resolve the doubt quickly by putting anyone. Those who, on the other hand, consider it as a real ingredient, opt for a more prudent and balanced choice.

Well, it would normally be useful to use neutral sugar, in order to bring out the taste of the main ingredient on everyone. However, those who want to give the preparation a more full-bodied flavour reminiscent of caramel, insert brown sugar, which is characterized by molasses residues. In this case, just because dandelion flowers have a very delicate flavour, I recommend a "light" sugar, such as white sugar. In this regard, however, you have a certain margin of discretion.

Here is the recipe for dandelion flower jam:

Ingredients for two jars:

1 lt. of water;
200 dandelion flowers;
1 organic orange;
1 organic lemon;
700 g of sugar.

Orange and lemon, two ingredients necessary for a jam

The list of ingredients of our dandelion flower jam also boasts lemon and orange. There is little to say about the presence of lemon as it is an almost fixed presence in many jams, as it contributes balance to the flavour of excessively sugary fruits. A jam without lemon juice, in fact, would be excessively sweet, therefore a touch of acidity is recommended. Just a little lemon juice, without going overboard.

In this recipe, however, rather than the juice, the pulp is used, cooked together with the flowers. The same goes for orange, which in addition to its contribution in terms of balance on excessively sweet hints, also adds a little taste. Even in this case, however, it is good not to overdo it. On the other hand, we are talking about a jam of dandelion flowers, not orange or lemon.

Preparation:

To prepare the dandelion flower jam, start by collecting the dandelion flowers when they have blossomed for some time, wash them and cut away the green part. Place them on a colander and let them dry. Then lay them on a clean cloth and let them rest a little, so that they dry completely. Now wash the orange and lemon without peeling them, then cut them and pieces. Put the well-dried flowers in a pot, then add the citrus fruits and water.

Turn on the slow heat and simmer for about 60 minutes, checking that the flowers are always submerged in the water. Strain the mixture into a narrow mesh strainer to obtain the cooking juice. Now transfer the juice to a pot, add the sugar and simmer for about 45 minutes. After this period of time, try the saucer, on a cold plate pour a little mixture and tilt it, if the mixture has difficulty sliding then it is ready. Pour the jam into medium-sized jars, allow to cool and finally sealed. Wait a full day before consuming your jam.

© 2020 special food

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)