A nutty flavored, corn salad green, with a delicate texture
Mild, nutty-flavored mache (a.k.a. Lamb's Lettuce or corn salad) is a delicious traditional salad with oval leaves that form pretty fist-sized green rosettes with a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture. Cold-hardy mache is sown in summer for fall harvest or early spring for the first salads of the season. Gala is vigorous, cold-tolerant and mildew-resistant with a delicate texture and buttery flavor. This succulent gourmet salad treat needs only the simplest of dressings.locusta
Corn Salad gets its name because it was a wild salad plant that grew as a weed among the corn (corn is an old English word for all cereal crops). It is frequently sold in markets under its French name Mache.
Corn Salad is renowned for being one of the hardiest of winter greens. It produces a low rosette of attractive mineral-rich greens when not much else is available. The low growing spatulate leaves have a delicate nutty flavor.
- Ease of Growing
- Grown as
- Days to Maturity
- 90-100 (Spring/Summer), 90-100 (Fall/Winter)
- Growing Habit
Mache is exceptionally hardy and tolerates frost.
- Spring, Fall
- Growing Season
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool
Mache needs a good supply of moisture and regular weeding. It does best in cooler climates.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 40°F - 65°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Corn Salad actually prefers cool weather, but germination can be slow (be patient).
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool)
In cool weather the plants will need full sun for most rapid growth.
These fast-growing plants must have all of the water they need for rapid growth. It is important that the soil is kept moist at all times.
These greens grow quickly and for best growth and flavor they should have all of the nutrients readily available, which means the soil needs to be fairly fertile. Their main requirement is for nitrogen, but they also need moderate amounts of potassium and phosphorus.
- Tolerates light frost
- Small Gardens?
Arugula is very well suited for container growing. Choose a container that has a minimum depth of 4". Make sure that your container has at least one drainage hole. Fill with a mixture of potting soil and compost and water thoroughly. Place in full sun. Make sure to keep the soil consistently moist.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
- Fruit Size
- Plant Height
- Plant Diameter
- Hardiness Zone
- Disease Resistance
- Taste Profile
Sweet, mild and slightly nutty.