Seasonal Spotlight: Miner's Lettuce

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!

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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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Emily Ho is a Los Angeles-based writer, recipe developer, and educator on topics such as food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. She is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and Food Swap Network. Learn more at Roots & Marvel

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