CHOW Tip: What Is Miner’s Lettuce?
Iso Rabins, founder of forageSF, introduces one of his favorite leafy greens: miner’s lettuce, a native of California. It’s easy for amateur foragers to identify it, whether foraging in the wild or at the market.
Although Miner’s Lettuce is a native plant found all the way from Alaska to to Central America, it’s most commonly found in Northern and Central California. It can be used as a substitute for spinach in salads and other dishes. It comes into season towards the end of California’s rainy season (which lasts from October to April).
If you aren’t able to find it wild, you can plant your own.