Miners lettuce with strap-like young leaves.
Miners’ lettuce is growing even further out of season, as it usually doesn’t start to grow until March. It is mild, slightly bitter, and spongy in texture. The first leaves are strap-like or spoon-shaped; when it blooms, the leaves are round like nasturtium, but the flower stalk comes out of the middle of the leaf; the plant is quite decorative. Flowers are small, white and starry, in a raceme arrangement. I use it on sandwiches and in salads as a lettuce substitute; I haven’t yet tried it as a boiled or “wilted” green.