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Craving Feld Salat

thinks too much May 4, 2007 05:31 AM

So the ongoing discussion of German Food's Reputation has got me thinking.

One of many things I loved to eat when I lived there was a salad. The greens looked a little like young spinach, with a more heart- or spade-shaped leaf. The green was identified to me as Feld Salat (field greens). It was bought commercially, rather than foraged. I tasted it in a salad I had in Australia, in two leaves of a sald that was brought to me. Someone there identified it as rocket. More research has told me that Rocket is the Australian term for Arugula, which the salad also contained. Feld Salat is not arugula, but I'm not sure what it is or if it is available in the US. Can anyone help me? It is, after all, the salad days of spring.

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    foodmuse RE: thinks too much May 4, 2007 08:36 AM

    Valerianella locusta

    It's usually marketed in the US as mache or lamb's lettuce or corn salad.

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      thinks too much RE: foodmuse May 7, 2007 07:54 AM

      Thank you muchly. I'll be enjoying my salad days, once I find it.

    2. waver RE: thinks too much May 4, 2007 08:00 PM

      Those are the words I know for it ( and veld salade where I grew up). It shows up in mesclun mixes and is not hard to grow if you have a even a small patch of garden.

      1. Sister Y RE: thinks too much May 7, 2007 06:16 PM

        Mache or lamb's lettuce - I've bought it in packages from Trader Joe's. I've never seen it anywhere else, including farmers' markets, but I haven't looked that hard.

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          shoo bee doo RE: thinks too much May 7, 2007 08:51 PM

          I love feld salat also. I ate it often when I lived in Germany also. It definitely is not arugula. I've tried growing it here in Minnesota with not too much luck. I've bought it at our farmer's market, but it's so expensive.

          But it is wonderful stuff.

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            lagatta RE: shoo bee doo May 8, 2007 12:43 PM

            Feldsalat (one word in German) is the same thing as mâche, known by various names in English , such as lamb's lettuce, corn salad.... Waver, is Veld salade Dutch? Not at all the same beastie as aragula/rucola/roquette/rocket though both are lovely and nutritious salad greens.

            Indeed, while it is expensive in many places, it is very easy to grow, on marginal soil or even in a window box on a balcony (like mesclun or those wonderful Chinese greens).

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            cosmicmojo RE: thinks too much Mar 29, 2014 05:49 AM

            I think it's mache (corn salad, lamb's lettuce)--I've heard that called feldsalat. It has a nutty sweet taste like boston lettuce, not bitter like arugula. I love it! They have it at trader joes and Kroger.

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              lagatta RE: thinks too much Mar 29, 2014 04:47 PM

              Yes, Feldsalat is mâche, which has several names in the Anglophone world. By the way, it is Veldsla in Dutch (having done extensive stays in Amsterdam, on a modest stipend, I learnt a lot of food shopping vocabulary).

              I'll have to find the topic on German food's reputation. There is some very good food in Germany now; to be fair I'm most familiar with the more western parts near the Rhine.

              Rocket (arugula, roquette) is bitter, but also very biting, like mustard, and peppery. I like both those flavours: the vivid rocket and gentle mâche.

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