Fried Dandelion Flowers (Crunchy Sunshine Nuggets)

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Yes, I said fried flowers. 😉 Did you know there are many healing properties associated with dandelion flowers, and even more associated with the dandelion greens?

The yellow flowers have many health benefits as they are a source of antioxidants. They are believed to relieve pain from headaches,  backaches and menstrual cramps.  They relieve stomach cramps and ease depression. WOW! The flowers also contain Vitamin A and Vitamin B12!

I think it’s time to fry some flowers. 😉

YOU’LL NEED:
  • approx. 20 dandelion flower heads, stalks and extraneous green parts removed
  • olive oil/butter for frying (I use equal parts to cover the pan)
  • 1/2 c cornmeal
  • 1/2 c flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 c milk
  • herbs, optional (I like a sprinkle of rosemary)

Remove as much green from the dandelion flower head as possible, while keeping the flower head intact, which are mild and faintly sweet.

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THE STEPS:
  • Rinse your dandelion flowers and gently pat dry using a paper towel.
  • Place 2 T olive oil, 2 T butter in a frying pan over a medium heat
  • Mix the flour/cornmeal with the salt and favorite herb
  • Dip the flowers first in the beaten egg/milk mixture and then in the seasoned flour/cornmeal.
  • Fry stalk side up. flip when golden, about 2 minutes.
  •  Remove and drain on kitchen paper

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Enjoy eating “crunchy sunshine nuggets” 😉

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