Friday, 22 May 2015

Cornsalad (Valerianella)

Corn salad’s year begins in the autumn, when the seeds germinate and quickly develop small overwintering leaf rosettes. The following spring the development happens so fast that the flower blooms already in May. Its small, light blue flowers are mainly self-pollinating, but sometimes insects visit their minimal nectar store too and at the same time deliver pollen from one flower to another. The fruits ripen at the beginning of high summer and float to new habitats with the aid of an air pocket.(link)

 Honeysuckle Family




Also known as Lamb's Lettuce, this plant was introduced into the kitchen garden by Louis XIV's gardener, having previously been a crop used by the peasant class.  It can be found in European markets in spring when the taste is at its most mild.  The name Lamb's Lettuce is thought to be a reference to the fact that it tastes best during the lambing season.  It is highly nutritious, containing vitamins C, E and B9 and also beta carotene.(link)

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