[Sca-cooks] Newbie question about dandelions

Mike C. Baker kihebard at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 10 22:51:29 PDT 2008

> Ok, don't laugh, but are dandelions old world or new world 
> food, and does anyone have any recipes or know how they were 
> used?  How did they differ from the common yard dandelions of 
> today?  I have heard of eating them as greens and making wine 
> from them but no other uses.  Is it worth trying with our 
> current crop in the backyard or is this just an exercise in futility?
> Christianna (the newbie one from Texas who mostly just lurks) 

The various parts of the dandelion, including the roots when boiled for
a "tea", are also herbal remedies for various ailments.  The greens need
care in preparation or they are rather bitter - but one of the methods I
have used takes the first round of boil-water and uses it to treat skin
disorders (after cooling).

Kitchen Idiot

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