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Please help me ID this salad green!

violet42 Oct 11, 2011 03:15 PM


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. atg106 RE: violet42 Oct 11, 2011 04:31 PM

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

    1. Cheese Boy RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 12:37 AM

      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. arashall RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 05:57 AM

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

        1. bitsubeats RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 07:39 AM

          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. inaplasticcup RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 07:43 AM

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

            1. JEN10 RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 08:01 AM

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

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                EWSflash RE: JEN10 Oct 13, 2011 06:46 PM

                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. BobB RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 12:50 PM

                Have you tried asking the farmer you buy them from?

                1. maria lorraine RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 07:55 PM

                  Shiso, mache, tatsoi, medicinal gingko?

                  1. bitsubeats RE: violet42 Oct 12, 2011 10:17 PM

                    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. earthygoat RE: violet42 Oct 13, 2011 06:26 PM

                      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.

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                        nattythecook RE: violet42 Oct 13, 2011 07:21 PM

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

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

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