I’m happy to see that Spring is coming soon – on Thursday, March 19, early this year. And springtime makes me think of – dandelions! Here is my Grandma Sarah Saggers recipe for Dandelion Wine.
Barn and Dandelions: Along Castlederg road, north of Bolton, Ontario, Canada. Photograph by Allen McGregor, Flickr, CC by 2.0.
1 gallon dandelion flowers
1 gallon boiling water
pour water over flowers and let stand 48 hours
then strain in stone jar add 4 lemons &
4 oranges cut into slices, 4 pounds sugar
& one yeast cake (fleishmans) and a package
of raisins, stir well & stand in a cool place.
Stir several times a day until ferman-
tation ceases & keep covered, in two weeks
strain & add 1 tea spoons bitter almond
then bottle & keep in cool dark place.
if possible let stand six weeks before
Note: Grandma Sarah was from England, and likely never saw dandelions except there and in British Columbia. Here is a website with an amazing number of kinds of dandelions in the UK – Wild Flower Finders: https://wildflowerfinder.org.uk/Flowers/D/Dandelion/Dandelion.htm