by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP
- Four to five cups of Forsythia flowers
- Three cups of Dandelion Flowers
- 3 to 5 cups of Sugar or 1/2 cups to 3 cups of Honey
- 1/2 lemon or (2 tablespoons) Lemon Juice
- Pectin (follow directions on your package)
- *Vanilla Bean (optional)
- *Zest of Orange (optional)
Cover one part dandelion to two parts forsythia flowers with boiling water. Let sit for two hours to steep. Put into fridge overnight and strain flower in the morning. You will be left with flower tea.
Filter with cheesecloth or coffee filter. After straining the remaining flowers, there was 5 cups of liquid.
Bring filtered liquid to boil while adding lemon juice, pectin, optional vanilla bean and zest. At boiling point add sweeteners, reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes.
When liquid is thick ladle into canning jars and process as you would with your regular jellies and jams! Enjoy the softer flower flavours. The colours will range from light honey to dark golden. It depends on the flowers in your region.
Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.