Claytonia perfoliata The common name miner's lettuce refers to its use by California Gold Rush miners who ate it to get their vitamin C to prevent scurvy. It can be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Most commonly it is eaten raw in salads, but it is not quite as delicate as other lettuce. Sometimes it is boiled like spinach, which it resembles in taste.
Miner's Lettuce is a seasonal wild spring green. Picked in the forests of California, Miners Lettuce is loaded with vitamins and mineral. The large leaves are crunchy, mild and lend well to salads. Use by itself or mixed with other greens to create an amazing spring salad.