Wednesday’s In the Know: Introducing Lamb’s Lettuce, AKA Mache
However you want to call it, Mosh, Mache or Lamb’s Lettuce, these tender greens are absolutely delectable if you can get your hands on them. Its not often that you find them, but when you do, I highly recommend you give them a try! Here is a quick overview thanks to Wise Geek and Whole Foods Market:
- Lamb’s lettuce is a flavorful salad green native to the temperate zones of Europe. In addition to being found in the wild in many parts of Europe, the green is also sold in markets, especially in the spring, when the tender young shoots are the most flavorful.
- Because of its low growing habit and size, Lamb’s lettuce is typically harvested by hand, leading to a slightly higher price compared to other salad greens in the produce aisle. – Whole Foods
- When fresh and young, Lamb's lettuce has a slightly nutty, tangy flavor. Some people consider it a borderline bitter green because of the tang, and older greens definitely verge on the bitter.
- Lamb’s lettuce can be used in salad mixes, or eaten on its own.
- Like many zesty-flavored foraged greens, Lamb’s lettuce has a high nutritional value.
- It typically provides several vital minerals and nutrients, including vitamins C, E, and B9, along with beta carotene and essential fatty acids.
- Commercially cultivated greens may not be as nutritionally rich, depending on farming practices, but it is generally more beneficial than conventional lettuce.
- Look for deep green, velvety leaves that are crisp. Wilted or discolored greens should be avoided.
- Rinse the leaves before use and try to use them within three to four days, since they are very delicate.
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