The first field lettuce from the field is available in May. The leaves of local fields are particularly crisp and intense in their aroma. Corn salad tastes solo, but also mixed with other green salads and seasonal fruits such as strawberries. If you like it hearty, combine it with fine bacon cubes and walnuts. What many do not know - the leafy greens are also ideal for smoothies. The drink is also an eye-catcher optically, as a rich shade of green is created when crushed.
Corn salad is one of the healthiest types of salad. The vitamin C content of 35 mg per 100 g is three times higher than that of lettuce. The leaflets also contain significant amounts of beta-carotene (3.9 mg per 100g), folic acid (145 µg), iron (2 mg), phosphate (50 mg), magnesium (10 mg), potassium (420 mg) and calcium ( 35 mg). Essential oils give it the typical nutty taste. Another advantage: lamb's lettuce is extremely low in calories at 14 kilocalories per 100 g.
The lamb's lettuce has many names such as Rapunzel, field salad or mouse ears and is widespread across Europe. The plant (Valerianella locusta) belongs to the valerian family and grows to a height of up to 15 centimeters. The leaves are spatulate and stand together in a rosette. Lamb's lettuce has only been used as a crop for around 100 years. Until the beginning of the 18th century, it was only collected as "weeds" on the edge of fields or meadows.
Before eating, lamb's lettuce should be washed thoroughly so that existing sand does not grind between your teeth. First, the small roots are cut from the stems without the rosettes falling apart. In a bowl of cold water, sand and earth are removed and the leaves are drained in a sieve. In a salad spinner you gently remove the remaining water. This way, the leaves do not collapse and the dressing can adhere better.
Corn salad is delicate and should be eaten as soon as possible. It stays fresh for a few days in the fridge's vegetable compartment. It is best to store the rosettes a little damp in a food storage bag with air holes. (Heike Kreutz, aid)