claytonia

 

Storage


Place the lettuce in a sealable food storage bag with a moistened heavy-duty paper towel and store in the refrigerator for up to one week. If possible, store miner's lettuce away from fruits or vegetables that produce ethylene gasses; certain fruits, such as apples, persimmons and pears, release byproducts that affect surrounding produce and prompt premature spoiling.


Nutrition


Claytonia is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and are also a source of vitamin C and dietary minerals. They also contain powerful antioxidants which may have anti-cancer properties.


Varieties we grow:






History

Claytonia is also called Miner’s lettuce, because it is one of the earliest greens out and  miners would supposedly seek it out to eat it for it’s high Vitamin C content after a scurvy inducing winter diet. Miner’s lettuce is a native of North America. Of all the greens we so happily forage in the spring, miner’s lettuce is the only one originating on this continent. The rest have been brought in, mostly from Europe. An early explorer observed the plant, collected seed and took his find to England. He named the new species “claytonia”. By the time claytonia had become accepted as a food source it had almost established itself as a prolific weed all over England. The English are credited with taking claytonia (miner’s lettuce) to Cuba and to Australia.  In North America claytonia was growing in large swaths wherever the cool air, adequate rain and rich soil would allow. Native Americans were enjoying it as a food source. However it was the gold miners of the 1850s who became responsible for this green’s more common name these days — “miner’s lettuce”. Countless numbers of miners credited claytonia with saving them from the rickets, so rich is this green in vitamin C.

Recipes


Add claytonia to any salad for beautiful texture and fresh taste. Also works well as a garnish!