Dandelion Root Coffee
Sticky Weed Seed Coffee
Coffee itself is fairly unique, 400 billion cups of coffee are drank on average per year around the world which is set to increase as more cultures join the coffee band wagon and Americas influence over the world increases. England alone has seen a dramatic shift from tea to coffee within the past number of years, although I still love a good cuppa brewed in a pot.
It’s one of the things I miss the most when I do prolonged periods of eating only wild ingredients and that’s why I decided to test out the range of wild and Caffeine free coffee alternatives.
There’s three main wild ingredients you can use for making a wild coffee substitute, and these are (there’s others but these, in my opinion are the best::
- Dandelion Roots
- Sticky Weed Seeds
Let’s look at each one a little closer:
Dandelion Roots: Difficulty to make: 3/5 – Taste 4/5
Dandelion Roots are my current go to wild coffee substitute, firstly because they’re in vast abundance, secondly because people tend to dig these up left right and centre, which saves me the job of doing and lastly because it taste brilliant both as a drink and in cooking.
Acorns: Difficulty to make: 4/5 – Taste 3/5
Acorns are harder to collect, you firstly have to beat the squirrels to them and then they’re more time consuming in their preperation, having to go through a stage of boiling in 2 changes of water, then being shelled before roasted. I have done this before but since the coffee taste no better, actually worse than the dandelion I just stick to them now.
Sticky Weed Seeds: Difficulty to make: 5/5 – Taste 5/5
Sticky weeds coffee is undoubtedly the best flavoured wild coffee! The plant is actually in the same family as coffee and this is why I imagine the flavour is most similar to its brothers. Saying this it is the hardest to make any quantifiable amounts, the seeds/quorls are absolutely tiny and surrounded by sticky stems. Just picking 10 seeds off leaves you with about 2m’s of sticky weeds stems wrapped around your arms and legs. Venturing further in to the plants to get more is like wrapping yourself in cello tape, but great fun I must admit. The easiest way to collect the seeds is to wear a pair of Lycra trousers and simply runs straight through them. The seeds will stick to them, you can then stand on top of some newspaper and rub them off your legs on to the paper.
To find out how to make these coffees or how to identify these plants simply click the links below