Hobbyoldaren, I was just wondering if Swedes spend alot of money to get rid of these like Americans do. I tried to convince my husband that we should eat the greens in our salads and saute them with garlic and oil, but he won't hear of it. We do, however, buy the French Dandylions at the grocery store. Seems silly, doesn't it, since they're the same thing.
Yes it be a very good wine. Maskrosvin=(Dandelionwine in Swedish), yes you make it on the flowers. I have been forbidden to do in Sweden now, because it be very strong wine, and count almost like alcohol making.
I only have recept on Swedish, but search for Dandelionwine on googles there is a lot.
You shall pick the flower early in the morning, but not to early because all bugs and other insect which sleep in the flowers, shall have left them.
But early because the most flavour is in the morning in the flowers. Good Luck
You may know that all parts of the plant are edible, leaves, flowers and roots. Flowers may be used for wine as you say you have done (haven't had it myself for many years, but remember it as being more like vodka), petals can be strewn in salads, of course leaves when young can be used in salads or for a medicinal tea. Later they get too tough and very bitter, but can still be sauteed or boiled or steamed. Most people here just think of them as weeds and ignore them. I think the Italians and the French use them most liberally, but perhaps even there they are not used as much any more. Hobbyodlaren, it sounds like you are not allowed to make wine in Sweden. There are many home winemakers and beer brewers here. I forget how many gallons may be legally made or brewed at home. We've tried both, but were more successful with the beer. My grandfather used to make root beer, but he has been gone for many years.
we are allowed to make wine of fruit, but not things like grain, corn, potatio, Dandelion because it be to strong and that is not allowed then it is more like alcohol and that is not allowed to make.
About eating it, the flowerleafs are beautiful in a sallat and if you cover the young leafbow it be white and more loose. I dont think Swedes use them so much, they more hate them as weed. I think they are very beautiful and think they are a natural element in our nature. I have only made wine one time in my life. I remeber it more like brandylike wine.
But our bee like the dandelion a lot.
I'm glad to hear that the bees like them. Our bees here in the US, which are imported European honeybees, are disappearing in massive numbers each year. It's a mystery why, but farmers and orchardists and even our government are worried. In past years I've seen bees all over the dandelions and buttercups, but there don't seem to be as many this Spring. I enjoyed your picture.
Hi Pam that is alarming, we here in Sweden have heard about this problem in US really. It perhaps is an new diseace for bees.
We have start our beekeeping this year it is amazing, we only have one beehive still, but hope to have at least 2 kind to the autumn.
We have light Italian bees, the are very kind bees. The Nordic bees are very angry kinds.
Indeed, they are pretty bees. Your bees must have a lovely life. Do you have fruit trees and berries and flowers? When I think of Sweden, it's a thought of fjords, brilliant blue skies, long summer days, and beautiful gardens.
Yes Pam, we have a garden with 3.000 square metre. We have apple, pear, cherry, plum and a lot of berrie-bush to, many many flowering trees and flowers in the garden.
And because of all fruit and berries we start with beekeeping this year, to get much fruits and berries.
Many think about Sweden like that, the fjords and mountain, that is up north. I live in the south of Sweden with no fjords or mountains. And neither so much snow and winter cold . :o)
I still blanch one dandelion plant in the spring. Since they are one of the first wild plants around it's easy to identify the leaves. I place a heavy pot over the entire plant and then place a brick on top. they're great added to salad.
I am interested in the bee problem here in the US and was this thread. I live in portland, Oregon and have noticed a few bees in my garden. I plan to use more plants that attract bees soon. However, this problem is not limited to the US - in some areas of China the farmers are hand-pollinating cherry blossoms because of this problem. It is a very serious situation with consequences world-wide. Bee keeping is a very good thing!
I spent a month in Sweden, in Jarna, doing research at the Vidarkliniken and I remember huge fields of these lovely yellow flowers. I didn't realize at the time that I could eat them!
Yes Buttoneer, so do we, itīs a difficult weed, but so usual so it dosīnt matter. In every field, every garden you can get be without them, so itīs better to like them, and they are beautiful in his sunlustre.
And my Bees love it.
Iīve got 10 seeds to white taraxacum this autumn, I have sow 5, but nothing have sprout. I save the other 5 to the spring, If I success with seeds and got plants, perhaps we can make a trade pink against white.
They are so beauty.
hi sylvia... yes no problems i'd love to try the white... i think i have a few seeds left of the pink... but i know they prefer to be sown fresh, so i don't know if they'll sprout... i'll find them out and send you a dmail 'cos i'm sure your a better home for them than my seed box :-)
And this is my White Dandelion. Must also tell that Iīve bought seeds to a variegated dandelion this summer and to a red leafed one. But they are still small babyplants, perhaps I can show them next summer.