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?
• 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)