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Please help me ID this salad green!


I've started to grow various lettuces and salad greens. When I buy salad greens at the farmer's market, I keep seeing this one leaf that I can't identify. I'd like to know what it is - can anyone help? I've posted a pic here:



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  1. I've been looking through tons of pictures - is it pepper cress or something from the water cress family?

    1. Looks like you have a squash runner of some type. There's all different varieties of runners, but that long stem on yours is usually common to a lot of them.

      Here's one type --> http://www.atthefarmersmarket.com/201...

      1. +1 on the squash leaf (or similar). Maybe you just got a little garden stray that's not exactly an official salad green?

        1. This looks like a smaller version of some squash type leaf my mother grows in her garden. We eat it as ssam and wrap it around boiled or grilled pork belly. It's delicious and has a slightly furry mouthfeel.

          1. +3 That does look somewhat squash-y. (So not helpful, I know. Sorry. :/)

            1. That looks like a weed that grows in my yard. Not sure but somewhat related to Geranium perhaps?

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              1. re: JEN10

                I agree- they have geranium-type leaves but they're weeds, I wouldn't try them without checking it out with a bunch of realy experienced growers, including the place you got the seeds from..

              2. Have you tried asking the farmer you buy them from?

                1. Shiso, mache, tatsoi, medicinal gingko?

                  1. Yep I did some research and it's a type of pumpkin leaf. I googled this: "ν˜Έλ°•μžŽμŒˆ"

                    Funny thing is most of the photos show it boiled. We eat it raw when we eat it as ssam.

                    1. I think it is too small to be a type of pumpkin family leaf and it would be much more hairy. Could it be the common mallow? It grows everywhere in my garden.

                      1. Could it be pennywort? Check out the pictures...

                        If it is so, can you please tell me which farmers market has it?