Again I find my hand is forced! This week I was all set to give the title to the lovely little mizuna I had been weeding around but, at the last minute, Yaensuk reminded me that this is the last we’ll be seeing of another sweet leaf – miners lettuce.
I can’t really be too annoyed, though, as it’s a leaf I have been intrigued with since my very first day on the site. As we haven’t been harvesting too much of it lately, it had fallen off my radar. I always wondered why it is called miners lettuce? Well, having done a little research, I’ve discovered it is named after the California Gold Rush miners who ate it for vitamin C so they wouldn’t get scurvy. Comes up wild in the spring…perfect timing after the ravages of winter. It’s rather succulent and very pretty with its little white flower, which you can just about see in the picture.