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donelikedinner May 21, 2012 11:24 AM

I am looking to try new greens, both salad greens and moe hearty ones which are often cooked/wilted sauteed etc. Where are some good places to purchase some of the less common options? For example, I recently read about miner's lettuce, which I gather grows like a weed out west but I have never seen it growing or for sale in GTA grocers, produce shops or farmers' markets.

Hope someone has some good ideas for me! Thanks!

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    youdonut May 21, 2012 11:29 AM

    try some asian markets they have several types of leafy greens that you don't regularly see in most markets.

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      donelikedinner May 21, 2012 01:54 PM

      I have looked in Asian markets and they do have a much wider variety but they concentrate, not surprisingly, on asian greens!

      I am just looking for variety but perhaps I am too early in the growing season.

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      cheesymama May 21, 2012 04:40 PM

      I haven't shopped there in a few years, but Harvest Wagon always had an excellent selection of produce. You pay the price though!

      1. paulj May 21, 2012 04:52 PM

        Miners Lettuce is talked about in foraging books.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claytonia_perfoliata
        http://www.theatlantic.com/health/arc...

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          Yongeman May 21, 2012 04:55 PM

          Most supermarkets carry the Southern US staple, collard greens. Tradionally they're slow-cooked with smoked pork (ham hocks, bacon), but it's not necessary if you prefer a vegetarian version.. I just sauté some onion, add washed, cut-up greens (tough stems removed) and a little chicken stock with s & p to taste. It probably only takes 45 min to an hour.

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            mayaishi May 21, 2012 07:33 PM

            Hi done,
            I ordered miner's lettuce, which is called Claytonia, from William Dam Seeds. It's coming up in my garden now. It's very fragile but very unusual in a salad.

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              downtownfoodie May 21, 2012 08:31 PM

              try uncle george's sprouts on the lower level of st lawrence market. they have lots of baby greens and a ton of interesting sprouts and seedlings that will add interest to any salad

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