We didn't even have to search for very long and found this wonderful place at a hillside, near Altenberg.
For city people like us there is sooo much to do in a meadow: picnic, knit, play, pick flowers, watch busy bumble bees, doze, take pictures, breath... we did all that!
Aaron was the best helper when it came to picking dandelion heads. He toke his task very serious. So when we came home we had enough flowers for some syrup. I used this recipe and it worked out very, very well.
That's how the heads looked like by the time I started. They have to be soaked over night before you boil the syrup.
Preparing the jars is the part of preserving I like least.
Filling them is the best part. Look at that color, isn't it yummy?!
Done! Some bottles in the fridge, ready to enjoy, some jars prepared as gifts for some more up coming birthdays. The syrup is best to be served on toast, pancakes or ice cream. Mmmmhhhh...
There is some crazy stuff you can do with dandelion. You can use every part of it. I even found a recipe for dandelion ice cream on pinterest, are you interested? And from the leaves you can make salad or dandelion pesto. I really wanted to do that but somehow the leaves were still very small and I guess I can wait a little longer... The roots can be roasted and turned into coffee. Has anyone tried that yet and knows if its worth the effort?
If you have some more recipes including dandelion, please share. I would be delighted!