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Jul 17, 2005 10:53 PM

Mâche... what do I do?

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We have this extra-large mâche growing in my garden. Tonight I attempted to make it into a salad with goat-cheese toasts, blueberries and strawberries, since I know mâche is bitter.

Apparently, large, overgrown mâche (we're talking leaves ten inches long here) is even more astringent and bitter than the normal two-inch kind.

What can I do with it? We have more... I don't want to waste it.

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  1. Has it bolted? (most lettuces, when it gets warm, instead of being a low little thing grow into tall, outrageous things, and their flavor is ruined.) At that point, I usually yank it and throw it on the compost pile. Perhaps someone else can chime in with better news?

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    1. re: miss_mia

      It hasn't bolted -- yet -- but the leaves are absolutely enormous.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        Hungry Celeste

        You could try slow cooking it, the way mustard greens & collards are cooked...they're both terribly bitter when raw, but the bitterness is tamed through long cooking. Search thi board for greens was discussed recently.

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          Really bitter greens, such as pokeweed (young shoots only), are cooked by simmering them in several changes of water, then they're squeezed dry and chopped, then sauteéd with bacon or salt pork. Sometimes egg is added, too. I found this addictive. I'd bet this would work with that elderly mache...probably wouldn't need more than one or two water changes, since it's not actually toxic!