Dandelion Jelly

Dandelion jelly is delicious on scones or biscuits and is beautiful as a gift. This recipe makes about 2 cups.

2 cups dandelion blooms
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons powdered pectin
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Place clean, dry blooms in large pan with water. Boil for 3 minutes. Strain mixture and add pectin and lemon juice to liquid. Boil once more for 3 minutes, adding sugar and stirring continuously. Pour into sterilized jars and seal with paraffin or canning lid. Place jars in pan of boiling water for 5 minutes.

Dandelion Hair Rinse

Dandelions, like chamomile or marigolds, give a golden glow to blond or light-brown hair. This makes enough rinse for one use.

3 cups dandelion blooms
Water to cover

Place flowers in large pot and cover with cold water. Boil for one hour. Strain and cool liquid before pouring over freshly washed, damp hair. Wrap hair in dark towel for at least 30 minutes. Rinse and dry.

Recipes adapted from Dandelion: Celebrating the Magical Blossom (Council Oak Books) by Amy S. Wilensky