Corn Salad, Piedmont (Organic)
Valerianella locusta. 45 days.
Winter hardy, yet tender and mild flavored salad green that has a nice subtle hint of nuttiness with a floral perfume. Plants form a small rosette of strap-shaped, light-green, 4″ leaves. Usually grown autumn through spring, the very hardy plants easily overwinter in our field. Piedmont is a large seeded, larger leaved corn salad that is said to be more warm weather tolerant than other varieties. Once a commonly available variety but now seems to have disappeared from the trade. Self sows when allowed to set seed. Aka Mâche, Lamb’s Lettuce.
Sow in September for greens through March. May also be spring sown; requires cool temps to germinate. Thin to 4” in all directions. Harvest 1” above basal plate for cut-and-come-again greens or lower for rosette. Self-seeds prolifically. Hardy to 5˚F.
Seeds shatter easily. Harvest whole plants as seed begins to mature & spread thinly on a tarp to catch seeds as they dry. Stir/flip plants daily to avoid mold. Finish air-drying seed if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Isolate from varieties of same species by 1⁄4 mile.