Prairie Onion grows in nearly every state in the Union as well as in Canada. It has a long history of use by Native American tribes and early settlers of North America.
Called Timpsula by the Lakota Sioux, the Prairie Turnip (Pediomelum esculenta) is also known as Indian breadroot, Tipsin, Breadroot Scurfpea, Pomme de Terre, Prairie Potato, and Tipsinna. The Prairie Turnip was probably the most important wild food gathered by Native Americans who lived on the prairies.
While most cultures around the world have a version of fried dough –(sopapillas, beignets, doughnuts etc.) None is so versatile as Indian frybread. Dipped in soup or berry gravy, smothered with honey butter or powdered sugar, or served as an Indian taco, fry bread is a favorite of all who eat it.