Invasion of Dandelion
April K. Curfman
Blatantly you disregard
Our efforts to exclude you
And pop-up – like stars
Across our yards
In irrespective profusion
Your final act
A child-like gift
Of whimsical illusion
Your courageous grace ignored
My constantly active mom has been busily picking dandelions and making dandelion jelly to share with everyone. Kids especially love it. It tastes a lot like honey. There have been requests for the recipe. It’s so unusual that I thought it’d be fun to post.
Wash one quart of dandelion blossoms (no stems).
Put in pan and boil for 3 minutes in one quart of water (mom lets it simmer for a while).
Strain again through a coffee filter.
To every three cups of liquid add 1 pkg. sure-jell and1 tsp. lemon or orange extract (mom uses lemon juice).
Add 4 1/2 cups sugar.
Boil 3 minutes (mom says it takes more like 10 minutes) Use jelly setting on candy thermometer or use a glass dish from freezer. If a few drops on the cold dish sets that is an indication that it is done.
Jars need to be hot. Mom puts them in a cake pan of water and heats on stove. She puts parafin in each jar. After it melts she adds the jelly.
You can add any flavor of dry jello to taste or color. (Mom adds about 1 T. of strawberry)
“If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn.” Andrew V. Mason