[Sca-cooks] Question about dandelions...

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Sun Jun 15 08:38:35 PDT 2008

Taraxacum officinale, the Eurasian dandelion, was imported into the New 
World during the early years of european settlement.  It has become the 
common dandelion of North America.  There are New World species of 
dandelions, but these are mostly supplanted by T. officinale.  I don't know 
of any reference to how the New World dandelions were used prior to the 
introduction of the Old World dandelion.


> Greetings unto the List!
> I'm passing on a question from a baronial member who knows I tend to hang 
> out in kitchens (whether literal or aetherial)....
> Are dandelions native to the Western Hemisphere, or were they brought over 
> here by European settlers?  And if so, when? I have no idea (botany not 
> being something I know overly much about), so I said I'd tap into the 
> marvelous wealth of knowledge found on the Cooks' List for her....
> Thanks,
> Maire

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