How corn salad got its name
Corn salad was the main winter salad green for centuries before the development of modern winter lettuce varieties. That long tradition saw it take on different names.
‘Corn salad’ was from its habit of growing between rows of winter wheat (which in Europe is referred to as ‘corn’).
‘Lamb’s lettuce’ is because it appears in the lambing season, and the rounded spoon-shaped leaves resemble a lamb’s tongue.
In France it was known as ‘doucette’ or ‘little soft one’ due to the velvety leaves.