Wild lettuce

this afternoon, as I was preparing to lay the ground work for another section of path around the rose beds I discovered lettuce! A few years ago I put some seed down, we had some delectable salads that first year, and ever since then the harvest has been a pretty steady one even though the exact location of the plants has been somewhat unpredictable. Apparently the birds scatter the seeds, and so I have wild lettuce appear in the middle of a path, between the roses, and – I know this is hard to believe – sometimes even in the vegetable garden ;)

So tonight’s dinner will center around a nice salad, the herbs are still producing nicely and will be mixed in, possibly one of the last hurrays of the season. There is some frosty weather in the forecast ;(

You might know this type of lettuce as corn salad or lamb’s lettuce. No matter what you call it, it is a real taste treat, far better than the stuff one can buy in the market.

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7 Responses to “Wild lettuce”

  1. Kerstin Says:

    I really like this kind of lettuce. My dad grew it in his garden. The first name I got to know it with was Rapunzel, now they usually call it Feldsalat here.

  2. ingrid Says:

    here it is mostly known as ‘Vogerlsalat’. We used to pick it early in the spring in the wild. My mother never grew it in the garden. Since there is so much fertilizer and pesticide in use I am hesitant to pick it anymore even though there is plenty to be found. Sad really, isn’t it.
    It was delicious with last night’s dinner, BTW ;)

  3. Kerstin Says:

    My dad only used manure in his garden. Still remember the blisters on my hands from burying it the soil :)

    I’m glad you enjoyed the salad. I love the little nutty aftertaste.

  4. ingrid Says:

    “My dad only used manure in his garden.”
    as did my mother. That’s an excellent fertilizer. That was at a time though when the farms around here were still raising animals. Now most of them stand idle. I may have a good source for cow manure soon, a carpenter who raises organic cattle as a hobby. I am sure he has more than he needs. I just have to hook up with him.

    “I love the little nutty aftertaste.”
    that is the best part. Have you tried this lettuce with a little pumpkin seed oil? The oil is dark brown and looks really ugly but the taste is fantabulous!

  5. Kerstin Says:

    I wish you good luck with the manure I’m sure you’ll get your fingers on some (no pun intended, yeah, right :) ).
    We had a car trailer, one of these flat ones. We usually used it to transport all our camping equipment, but once a year my dad lined it with a huge plastic foil and got the manure from one of the surrounding villages.

    I haven’t tried pumpkin seed oil yet (not being a big pumpkin fan), but I like to use balsamico vinegar to get a dark marinade as well.

  6. ingrid Says:

    “(no pun intended, yeah, right :) ).”
    oh yeah, and I believe that ;)

    unfortunately i have no trailer, so I will have to find someone to bring it in. Then haul it into the garden a wheelbarrow at a time, and won’t that be fun!

    I love pumpkins in any shape and form, so I might not detect any ‘pumpkiny’ flavor to the oil, but I think it is more nutty tasting than anything else. I also use almost exclusively balsamic vinegar, white or red. It is milder.

  7. Kerstin Says:

    Oh, the wheelbarrow was still needed, since the trailer couldn’t be brought directly to the garden.

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