Good Dandelion Questions

Readers at both my blog and here at asked about the taste of the dandelion root coffee that I described here.

As you can see below, after grinding and brewing, it certainly looks like coffee, and the 50-50% blend with real coffee is barely distinguishable for having been economically adulterated.

I brewed a cup of pure dandelion root coffee for these pictures for a taste test. For the test, I drank it black though you can add cream and sugar.

The flavour reminds me of “Postum”, a powdered roasted grain coffee substitute I used to drink as a child. But I would describe the taste this way: think of coffee as the base flavour, layered with darkly roasted sunflower seeds. There is a slight bitterness that would be masked with cream and sugar.

Also, I’m now convinced that this is not psycho-somatic: dandelion root coffee jazzes you up as fast as an espresso double-shot. From our two-cup coffee maker, Hannah usually drinks a half-cup and I drink 1.5 cups of ordinary java. But I can’t finish a single cup of dandelion root coffee before I start to feel almost uncomfortably hyped-up. Dandelion root is rich in a simple-sugar called inulin which may be the source of its caffeine-free stimulating effects. It would be better to describe this product as dandelion root espresso to convey the idea of much smaller serving sizes.

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This is very interesting, I appreciate the fact that I can treat dandelions as a food source and not just a "weed" I'm definately going to try this one out and many more.

I came across this blog through the CO2RE news email, and I find it incredibly interesting! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of edible weeds with everyone.
I just have a comment to make about inulin. Inulin is not actually a simple sugar, but rather a soluble fibre. That means it moves through the digestive system with very little sugar actually absorbed from it. Soluble fibre has been shown to help manage blood sugar levels and may be related to lowering cholesterol. All in all, inulin is good for you, but you may have to dig a little deeper for your source of boosted energy from the dandelion root coffee!

Thanks again for sharing!

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