* Miner’s Lettuce is one of the only salad greens native to North America, though many view this wondrous plant as a weed. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 100 grams of miner’s lettuce—about the size of a decent salad—contains a third of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, 22 percent of Vitamin A, and 10 percent of iron. Miner’s Lettuce is delicious added to salads, or eaten on its own. While most of our “weeds” are of European origin, Miner’s Lettuce is one of the few plants that has returned the favour and moved to Europe
** Miners lettuce is perfect for a petite salad or as an accoutrement to appetizer plates and first courses. As Miners lettuce appears in spring, best companion ingredients include those that are ready for harvest in spring, including chantarelle and morel mushrooms, wild ramps, grapefruit, blood oranges, kumquats, new potatoes, green garlic, scapes, spring herbs such as parsely, mint and arugula, fresh hen and duck eggs and spring cow’s cheeses. Miners lettuce is delicate, thus it should not be cooked nor paired with ingredients too heavy. Miners lettuce ahs a brief shelf-life and must be used within a few days of harvest.
* Josh Wagler’s Plant of the Month in his Village Vibe – Commons Corner Column titled Friends of Spring Ridge Commons (April 2013)
** Miner’s Lettuce info: http://www.specialtyproduce.com/produce/Miners_Lettuce_5099.php#sthash.OCZRdEHt.dpuf