One question that folks often have about eating local is whether that includes alcohol. If you're getting your veggies from a CSA or farmers market and working hard to reduce your food miles, it feels a little counterintuitive to purchase wine from hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Over at Seeking Focus, a group of friends collaborated to bring together a delicious-looking recipe for dandelion wine! Dandelions grow like weeds and thrive in a variety of soil conditions. You can probably find them in the park or even your own back yard! You want to make sure to choose your dandelions with care, as they note in the recipe:
Choose dandelions from an open field far from any insecticide spraying. Pick early in the season when the leaves of the plant are still tender. Flowers that have just opened are best.
The result is a sweet dessert wine that combines citrus, dandelions, and a little spice from clove and ginger. The wine takes 3-6 weeks to make, so if you start now it should be ready just in time for enjoying when the weather gets warm! They suggest serving it chilled, sort of like lemonade.
Want to make your own tasty batch of dandewine? You can check out how they did it over at Seeking Focus (the recipe is at the very bottom). They even created a great stop motion video about the process.
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