Susanna Moodie wrote about dandelion root coffee in Roughing It in the Bush. As did Catharine Parr Traill in The Canadian Settler’s Guide. It is surprisingly difficult to obtain dandelions in my Montreal neighbourhood, where lawns or even small patches of grass are a rarity. Specimens are rather forlorn looking and of questionable quality.
Armed with a spray-free crop, generously donated by fellow Canadian Literary Fare scholar, Nathalie Cooke, I set to work cutting, cleaning, roasting, grinding and brewing.
The result? IT TASTES LIKE COFFEE. Or, at least a very good instant coffee-flavoured substitute.
Try it out, though be sure to set aside some extra time as this is a slightly more labour intensive process than popping a capsule into the coffee-maker.
Moodie, Susanna. Roughing It in the Bush: Or Forest Life in Canada. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1962. Print.
Traill, Catherine P. S. The Canadian Settler’s Guide. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1969. Print.
Photo Credit: Alexia Moyer