Surprisingly enough, dandelion roots make a very good coffee substitute. Naturally caffeine-free, dandelion root coffee tastes like regular coffee, but has many additional herbal benefits. Dandelion contains anti-oxidants that improve the function of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys and digestive system. You can buy dandelion root coffee, or you can make it yourself.
- Clean the dandelion roots thoroughly.
- Cut the roots into smaller pieces and grind them up in a food processor.
- Spread the ground dandelion pieces out evenly on cookie sheets. Multiple cookie sheets should be used to minimize cooking time.
- Roast the dandelion roots at 250 degrees F for 2 hours or until they are thoroughly dry and the color of coffee.
- Stir periodically as they roast to promote even cooking.
- Grind the roasted dandelion roots in a coffee grinder or food processor to use in an automatic coffee maker.
- Brew the dandelion coffee just as you would regular coffee.
"Dandelion Coffee is a natural beverage without any of the injurious effects that ordinary tea and coffee have on the nerves and digestive organs. It exercises a stimulating influence over the whole system, helping the liver and kidneys to do their work and keeping the bowels in a healthy condition, so that it offers great advantages to dyspeptics and does not cause wakefulness."
Hints and Tips:
- Save dandelion leaves from harvested roots to use in salads or cooked dishes and to make dandelion oil or wine.
- You can roast whole dandelion roots without grinding if you wish.
- Rinse ground dandelion in a colander prior to roasting if you are unsure about your first cleaning.
- Leave the oven door open as you roast the roots so that the moisture can escape.
- Drink dandelion coffee to stimulate the digestive system and treat ingestion and constipation. The bitter taste of the coffee promotes the production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach.
- Like most coffee, dandelion coffee is a diuretic, so expect increased urine flow when you drink it.