How corn salad got its name

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

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.

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