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Paris - unusual salad green at Marche Maubert?

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EllenGST Aug 6, 2013 04:03 PM

we're home from Paris for a week, and I've not been able to identify something I purchased at Marche Maubert for a salad. The greens (and darker leaves) were gorgeous the morning after a thunderstorm and rain, and there was one green I'd never seen before (I meant to take a photo of the salad I made, but of course, I forgot!) This particular green was very finely cut - sort of resembled dill fronds but closer. The flavor was slightly salty. It's not frisee/chicory or arugula - I know those. I doubt it was fennel - there was absolutely no anise flavor. The vendor just said it was "salade." Does anyone have any idea what this might have been?

We enjoy interesting salads and also garden, so I'd love to identify this and grow it.
thanks in advance,
Ellen

  1. John Talbott Aug 6, 2013 04:06 PM

    Paging Ptipois.

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      Ptipois Aug 6, 2013 04:26 PM

      You certainly bought that from Thierry Magnien, the ginger-headed maraîcher. He did give me some of that very same green the other day. He sells vegetables and greens (some from his own production) at marché Maubert and marché Monge.

      When I asked him what this fine green thing was, he replied: "it's the lawn from the Parc des Princes." He gave me a handful to try; it is good, reminiscent of purslane. Slightly seaweedy and distinctly acidic. I asked for the real name but I did not hear it distinctly. So, sorry, I'll ask him next time I go to the market but I won't be in Paris for some time now.

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        EllenGST Aug 6, 2013 04:47 PM

        Thank you! I hope we find out what it is, it was very good

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          Ptipois Aug 6, 2013 05:23 PM

          I'll be sure to report as soon as I get a clue.

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