Thursday, 9 August 2007
Corn Salad / Lamb's Lettuce ...
..this delicious lettuce has many names. Field Salad, Field Lettuce, Mache, etc. are some more. It's a member of the Valerian family, if I remember correctly.
It's a small plant and grows really well here in Winter. I have it self-seeding in my lettuce/veggie patch. You can either rip out the whole plant, or if you are patient, pick leaf by leaf. They are great in salad mixes. I usually pick a leaf of this and a leaf of that. Rocket, green/purple oakleaf or cos, mignonette, salad burnett, purple mustard, etc. It's great fun walking around the garden, colander in hand, and picking whatever takes your fancy for your lunch or tea.
The seeds of corn salad can be a bit slow and erratic to germinate. But once you've got it growing, let at least one plant go to seed. Either collect the seed or let them scatter naturally. You won't regret it.
The Veggie Gnome