Eastern Miner's Lettuce: 'America's gift to salad' & jewel of our Wild Greens Tincture
As Hank Shaw from Hunt-Gather-Cook shares, “The plant got its name because the Gold Rush miners ate it to stave off scurvy, which is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency… Combine this with stinging nettles and you have everything you need to revive your system from a winter’s worth of heavy meats, dried grains and roots.” The miners assuredly learned this trick from local indigenous people, as the green has been a treasured food plant on the American continent for many centuries.
What are Wild Greens and Why Eat Them?
Spring is the time when the wild greens flourish. As part of our brand new, seasonal and wild-harvested line of herbal tinctures, we will be offering a Spring-flavored Wild Greens blend, to help your body find the minerals it needs. We blend the Clayonia virginica (our Eastern variety of the Miner’s Lettuce that was so critical to the 19th century California gold miners, also known as Springbeauty), with wild American nettles, Sochan, and mache for stellar nutrition and immune modulating function. We add a dash of wild mint and spicebush leaves for delectable flavor in concentrated tincture form. Treat yourself to the treasured gems of the Kentucky woodlands in Spring, regenerate, and heal. More constituent plant profiles and the new Wild Greens product coming soon!