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Old 06-14-2011, 06:05 PM   #1
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In the interest of full disclosure, this is for a beer, not a wine. However, most of my searching regarding dandelions turn up results for dandelion wine, so I figured some winemakers might have more experience with acquiring them. Sooo...

Does anyone know of a place to get dandelion flowers in bulk? Everyone's in a full summertime mowing schedule around me, and I haven't seen any dandelions in months. I found places selling dried greens and roots, but I cannot for the life of me find any flowers. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-14-2011, 06:54 PM   #2
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They don't flower year round, and I don't know if anyone grows them for flowers. I would just look for unsold houses or vacant lots. You need a bunch to make any kind of flavor impact, so it is going to be hard for you.

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Old 06-14-2011, 07:00 PM   #3
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That's what I figured. I'll look around some of the local parks/baseball fields for some. Thanks for the reply!

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The dandelion has mild hallucinogenic properties that can give it a little boost.

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I'm in the same problem as you. I wanted to make dandelion wine and now I can only find sporadic dandelions. Next spring I will be ready and any dandelion I now see goes to the chickens (they love dandelion greens).

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Old 06-16-2011, 04:39 AM   #6
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Grow your own. Those suckers are an easy and fast harvest. Plus you will know that they are chemical free.

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I think they must only bloom in spring. I'll get a couple random flowers lately, but a couple months ago my yard was producing them like there was no tomorrow. I harvested quite a bit. They are just chillin in my freezer til I figure out what I'm going to do with them.

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my yard is full of them from spring till late in fall.

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