Miner's Lettuce Claytonia

40-60 days. A lovely, succulent Salad Green with a fresh, wild flavor, Claytonia produces clusters of smooth, tender leaves atop 4" stalks with tiny pinkish-white, edible spring flowers in each leaf's center. Best used fresh and tiny, these elegant leaves bring a rich, tart creaminess to delicate, micro-green salads. Larger leaves may be used as a bed for grilled fish or tossed into stir-fries and pasta dishes at the last minute. Although it never gets bitter and you can eat all of it at anytime, Claytonia can only be stored for a few days in the crisper since it tends to deteriorate quickly after harvest. Use in recipes like Spinach or Lettuce! (OP.)

One packet of about 125 seeds
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This prized cool-weather Salad Green is also known as Winter Purslane, Spanish Lettuce, Cuban Lettuce or Miner's Lettuce (because it provided valuable nutrition to the gold rush miners when other food was scarce). This northwest U.S. native can tolerate moderate frost and be grown all winter long in temperate climates that do not spike below 25°F regularly. Preferring colder temperatures for optimal production, it may also thrive in partial sunlight.

Average seed life: 3 years.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mâche, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

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