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Question: I'm visiting a friend here in Germany and they have a woinderful salad green called Feldsalat. An American friend here seems to think it's called "rapunzel" in the US but I can't find *any* US reference to this on the internet or in any dictionaires or cookbooks we have here.

It's a roundish bright green leaf, usually 3-5 in a cluster on a plant and is about 3-4 inches long. It looks like the entire plant is harvested to make this "feldsalat" bunch.

Do you have any idea what it is in the US so I can buy some seeds?

Many thanks from Stuttgart.

Answer: The identity of the plant commonly called 'feldsalat' is Valerianella. It's also known as 'Corn Salad', 'Lamb's Lettuce', and 'Mache'. These hardy plants grow wild in Europe and are used as a forage crop for sheep, but is also prized by chefs who use these early spring greens in salads. You can purchase seeds for growing in your own garden through Nichols Garden Nursery, 1190 North Pacific Hwy., Albany, OR 97321-4580.

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