Leave a few to go to seed and you will have more next year. Dig up the largest plants, or save the roots of any that need to go because they are in the way.
Give them a good scrub then lay out to dry for a couple weeks. Once they feel hard, pop on a baking tray and bake in a low oven for about ten minutes or until they have gone darker and smell roasted. This is the secret, its the roasting that makes them taste so good. Do keep an eye on them because its easy to burn them and they cook fast.
|Dandelion roots drying|
Let them cool then wizz in the blender. Wait a while to let the dust settle before opening the lid of the blender. Then spoon into a jar.
|Dandelion coffee ready to use|
To use, one scant dessert spoon or to your taste in a wee coffee filter, or cafetiere and add hot water and leave to brew for 3-5 minutes.
|Brewing the coffee|
We like to add some of our homemade almond or cashew milk.