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?
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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