Seasonal Spotlight: Miner's Lettuce

Seasonal Spotlight: Miner's Lettuce

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Emily Han
May 6, 2011
When Kathryn posted about miner's lettuce last year, we were surprised to learn that this springtime weed, which grows in many parts of the West, is actually edible – and delicious! Miner's lettuce makes a pretty salad and has a delightfully crisp texture and green, spinach-like flavor. All it needs is a light vinaigrette, salt, and pepper. We recommend eating it as soon as possible after picking, or keeping the stems fresh in a glass of water for up to a day (they make a lovely green bouquet, too!).

Native to California, miner's lettuce is mostly found in the wild but sometimes sold at farmers' markets. Have you ever tried it?

Learn more:
Ingredient Spotlight: Miner's Lettuce
Foraging for Miner's Lettuce, America's Gift to Salad (The Atlantic)
Claytonia perfoliata (USDA Plants Profile)

Related: Native Greens: Purslane

(Images: Gregory Han; Emily Ho)

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