Dandelions seem to get a very bad reputation. Oh, they ruin a perfect lawn, some folks will say. Others, like me, see them as a beautiful boon. They feed the bees, liven up a landscape, and provide us with food, medicine, and countless opportunities for use in gift giving applications. Rather than try to eradicate try using dandelions for a multitude of care package and gift ideas with these easy, fun, and frugal projects.
Using Dandelions for Food Gifts
Dandelions are completely edible from the roots to the flowers. The roots should be gathered in the fall so let’s focus on the flowers for food gift making. The yellow petals of dandelion have a faint honey-like flavor that is ideal for a number of sweet applications. The greens, too, are delicious for savory meals.
Recipe Ideas for Immediate Gift Giving:
Use the dandelion greens to make pesto. Pesto can be frozen, but it would make a delightful gift to give rather quickly as a hostess or thank you gift.
Send peanut butter dandelion cookies in a care package to a loved one far away.
Dandelions can even be used in a delicious and beautiful birthday cake.
Preservation Recipes for Gift Giving Later:
Preserve those petals in a dandelion jelly. Make it up now and keep it on hand for gifts whenever something quick is needed.
If you practice home brewing, dandelion wine is a classic and makes for a one-of-a-kind gift.
Want to skip the home brewing but still create an adult beverage to give friends and family? Try infusing dandelion petals in brandy for sweet bottled gift.
Using Dandelions for Body Product Gifts
Dandelion petals have numerous benefits to the body. They can reduce inflammation, soften the skin, relieve itch, and more. Harvest some from the yard and use them in body products that make for ideal care package filler.
Let nothing go to waste this spring and take complete advantage of the free resources of Mother Nature by using dandelions as the basis for many gift giving needs.
Do you have a favorite way to use dandelions for gifts?