|Early Miner's Lettuce in Tilden Park—February|
|Same patch in Tilden Park in mid-March|
I gather clumps of the delicate flowering leaves to add to salads. They are surprisingly hardy and can withstand a trip home in my bike bag. The growing season lasts from February to May, when they completely disappear. They make a delicious addition to other cultivated lettuces and veggies. Lately I have also seen them for sale in the Berkeley and San Rafael farmers' markets, but I enjoy foraging, as there is such an abundant supply near my house.
|Salad of beets, spinach and flowering miner's lettuce|
I discovered this must-have shirt on the Web, available in black or white from Cafe Press. Who could resist?
|Miner's Lettuce T-Shirt|