A Healthy Home Grown Alternative to Coffee

dandelion-with-rootIt is Spring in Canada, and the first flowers my grandchildren bring home are the lowly Dandelion! Of course, we have long since learned to make a beautiful yellow jelly with the flowers, or to add the young greens to a smoothie or a salad. But those long roots have to come out, too. What to do with them?

My mother grew up during World War II in Europe, and from her I learned to make coffee with the dandelion roots. Here are the directions:

1. Scrub the roots
2. Cut into small pieces
3. Dry them either in a low oven, or in the sun
4. Brown them in the oven or in a frying pan, till desired darkness (light, medium or dark roast)
5. Grind in your coffee grinder, and use as you would coffee

To your health!


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12 Comments
  • Harriet

    We’ve done this in Finland – big coffee drinking country. Tastes quite satisfying. There is a lot of work to clean the roots but worth it. No acid no caffeine and dandelions are everywhere!

    • Peter

      There is nothing like going natural, once you are used to the change in flavour, you wouldn’t want to go back, when I was in austria where I was born, my grandmother & I used to go & get Dandilion , it was used for salads, in soups, cooked in stewes, or just on a meat sandwich, it was yumm,

  • Fran Egeland

    I think it might be a good idea to also use a dehydrator. Would be nice to know the nutritional value of drinking dandelion coffee. Good to know in case there is a shortage of coffee. Thanks

  • cmig

    I need to try this!

    • Gudrun B

      I have some ground root, but did not brown it – I mix it with my coffee (if i don’t forget) – quite good!

  • Daryle in VT

    Many roots can sub. for coffee. Chicory has been used as a coffee extender and replacement, especially in New Orleans for a very long time. Nothing can replace dark roasted Guatemalan first thing in the morning. Maybe a full-city roast on chicory root might do in a pinch.

  • JAMES

    I remove long roots from the ground with a small straight pipe (3 feet) attached to the garden hose, Have a small opening at the other end to create pressure & as you slowly push it into the ground close to the root. it loosens the soil & easy removal of the root.

  • florence

    Will try this. Would also love to get your recipe for the yellow jelly.

  • Carol

    The Dandelion coffee sounds very interesting. I would like the Yellow Jelly recipe, too.

  • jim

    Think I’ll just go rampaging and pillaging and steal everyone else’s coffee if I ever run out. Sorry, just sayin’.

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