Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tame the lion!

How often do we vegans hear the sentence: "Oh yeah, vegan, cool thing, but I could never live without honey!"
Ok, not so often. But the truth is: There is vegan honey, and it's easy to make. We followed this recipe (german, lots of helpful pictures): Löwenzahnhonig. Next time, we will try to use more dandelions and less lemon, but it is already very good.

Preparation time: 2.5 hours in the evening, 2.5 hours in the morning
Suggested music: Dandelion, of course

  • 3 handful of dandelion blossoms (without bugs)
  • 1 L water
  • 1 kg sugar
  • 1/2 lemon (juice and grated zest)

What to do:
  1. Put the dandelion blossoms in a pot and add the water. Let rest for about 2 hours. Every 15 minutes, check for the little bugs that you oversaw during plucking and rescue them. They don't like the cold water, so they will crawl to the surface and look out for a helping deus hand ex machina.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, then let cool and rest over night.
  3. In the morning, decant the water. We used a noodle strainer for the big parts, and then filtered through two layers of kitchen roll paper.
  4. Put the filtered liquid back in the pot (it should be a much larger pot), add the sugar and the lemon, and bring to a boil.
  5. Let simmer for 1-2 hours without lid, until the consistency is honey-like. Put a small drop on a plate and let cool to check the final consistency.
  6. Fill in clean glas jars and close.


  1. Je suis frustrée de + en +
    J'ai eu la chance d'en avoir un échantillon l'année passée, c'est divin ce nectar.
    Je n'arrive pas à dénicher de pissenlits. Je reviens de Bourgogne et je n'ai rien trouvé :(
    Le week-end passé aussi, j'étais en Normandie et rien du tout :(
    Je veux faire cette gelée car c'est magnifique comme saveur ♥

  2. Oh, c'est dommage! À Paris, c'est trop difficile de trouver des fleurs sans "additifs" des chiens, je crois... Peut-être c'est aussi trop tard maintenant pour trouver le pissenlits fleurissants... il fait toujours un peu plus chaud en France qu'en Allemagne je pense... Alors, l'année prochaine... bonne chance!