The Miner’s Lettuce is going crazy right now!
This is what it looks like at the farm in Redwood Valley, growing wild:
Harvesting is simple, just like lettuce. Clip some leaves at the base of the stem, wash them, and toss with your favorite dressing. The texture is delicious, similar to butter lettuce, and the flavor is very mild and delicate, even when the plants begin to flower.
Miner’s Lettuce is fairly common on the west coast during late winter and spring, something even city folks might be able to find. As with any foraged plant, be sure to identify it correctly and make sure it hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides. Or, if you see it at the dog park, like I have, make sure dogs haven’t been peeing on it for a month straight, because that’s really gross. Maybe try to find it somewhere else.
Johnny’s Seeds actually carried seeds for Miner’s Lettuce, also called Claytonia, so if it doesn’t grow wild where you live, you can grow it in the garden.