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Thread #60770   Message #974189
Posted By: *daylia*
29-Jun-03 - 09:07 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Truth about Grass!
Subject: RE: BS: The Truth about Grass!
JohnInKansas said " ... dandelions and most of the common varieties of thistles that spring up in my neighborhood are not native to the US????"

I'd never heard that before -- thanks! I did a bit of on-line research, and according to these sources you're absolutely right, John. (I'm posting 3 different sites in case SRS checks in here. SHe prefers it when I back up my claims with a couple different ... and I hope credible ... sites).

Alien Wildflowers of Ontario

Weeds of Wisdom - the Delights of Dandelion


It seems there's a bit of debate as to HOW dandelions were introduced here, whether by wind and water or human being, but NO question that they are originally native to Asia Minor/Europe. Sheesh, if you're not careful you can learn something new everyday on Mudcat!   :>)

But John, regarding your statement "I rather suspect they were introduced here by someone a little less all-knowing than those guys., when I read through the info about the historical medicinal/culinary uses of the dandelion, it's amazing that most people today consider them "weeds" and kill them! Here's a quote from the 3rd link I posted:

"Dandelion is very nutritious, having more vitamins and minerals than most vegetables, it has a long history of use as a food in many countries. The young leaves and flowers are eaten raw in salads, all leaves also cooked or boiled as a pot herb, flowers are often dipped in batter and fried, dried roots are used as a coffee substitute. Wine is made from fermented flowers said by some to be very flavorful and medicinal."

It goes on to say that dandelion remedies are used to treat just about everything, from skin conditions, kidney ailments, bacterial infections to corns and warts. What an amazing little plant!

For you adventuresome cooks out there, here's a pretty simple little recipe you might try. Just "weed" -- or rather, "harvest" -- your lawn first! And remember to wash the blossoms carefully, especially if you use weed-killers on your property.

Dandelion Blossom pancakes:

2 cups whole wheat flour, 4 tsp. baking soda, pinch of salt, w eggs, 1 cup of water, 4 T. olive oil, 2 c. dandelion flower.

Mix the dry ingredients together. Beat the egg in, then add the liquid and oil. Heat the oil and stir in the flowers. Spoon batter into a hot pan and cook like pancakes. Serve with maple syrup, yogurt or jam.

BillD -- I used to make wild raspberry dumplings when I had a patch growing in my backyard - and they are delectable! If you like I'll try to find the recipe again and PM you. I used to feel a bit guilty about it though, because the birds and wildlife actually live on these wild fruits and don't have the "supermarket" option ...

But Poison Ivy recipes? Any ideas out there???

:>)   daylia