This is one of the easiest and most delightful ways to illustrate the concept of energetic tastes. Dandelion flowers (and their leaves and roots) have gentle but profound medicinal capabilities due in part to their bitter taste. Picking dandelions as a child is a pleasurable memory for most, and I highly recommend you “harvest” your own for this marmalade if you have time. An untreated lawn is the best place to find dandelion flowers in the early spring (avoid flowers by the road or ones that may have been sprayed with chemicals). It bears mentioning that every year Americans spend millions of dollars trying to eradicate this humble medicinal weed from their lawns. Embracing dandelion’s nutritional and medicinal gifts instead could change the world in a radical way. You will need six (4-ounce) sterilized jam jars with lids for this recipe.



2½ cups sugar

¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

3 tablespoons grated organic orange zest

1½ cups yellow dandelion flower petals (most green bits removed)

¾ cup water

1 (1.75-ounce) packet Sure-Jell pectin

1.Place the sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and dandelion flower petals into a food processor bowl or blender.

2.Pulse together a few times until well blended.

3.In a small saucepan, whisk together the water and the pectin over medium heat until well blended.

4.Bring to a hard boil for 1 minute (no less). This step is imperative to create a thick marmalade.

5.Remove from the heat and immediately add the hot pectin to the sugar mixture while the processer or blender is running.

6.The marmalade sets up very fast. Have 4 sterilized jars and lids ready to fill, seal, and refrigerate.

7.Serve on toast for breakfast or as a glaze for chicken breasts.

SUBSTITUTION TIP: You can make Rose Petal Jam using the same method above with these ingredients: 2½ cups sugar, ¾ cup water (instead of orange juice), 1½ cups unsprayed pink or red rose petals (instead of dandelion flowers), ¾ cup water, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 packet Sure-Jell pectin. Serve on toast for breakfast or use in Rose Lassi.

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