Monday, May 30, 2011

Wild Food of the Week: June 1st: Wild Lettuce

Lots of wonderful yummy things grow in the yard here and the nearby woods all by themselves. Free wild food!

This weeks pick is Wild Lettuce. It is a spring plant that should be harvested young. It is slightly bitter when young and grows more bitter as the plant grows. When small I like to add it to salads or other greens raw or simmered with some garlic and olive oil. When medium size the thing to do is boil it for 10 minutes and then saute it with some garlic and oil. Yum!
 


"There are many species of wild lettuce. All grow rank as they age, so it is best to harvest them between four and 12 inches high. Woodland Lettuce tends to have lobed leaves on bottom and grassy leaves on top. Look for a V-shaped leaf stem and pure white milky sap.  It’s one of my favorite spring time greens, boiled for about 10 minutes and served warm with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Depending on size, I chop them up and eat stems and all." (Eattheweeds.com)

You might want to check out this video about Wild Lettuce.

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