Siberian Miner’s Lettuce

The succulent Siberian Miner's Lettuce

One day in May, a few years ago, my brother and I decided to explore a remote valley on the east side of Harrison Lake in British Columbia.

There are no roads to this place. We ran up the lake as far as we could by truck and then launched our Avon inflatable. We proceeded by boat further up the lake to the mouth of the creek that comes down out of the valley. Picking up an old logging trail, we began the two day hike.

When packing for this trip, I asked my wife to add a small bottle of premixed salad dressing into our provisions. The idea was, since it was early in the season, we were bound to run into some fresh young greens to munch on with our dry sandwiches. We found a big patch of Siberian Miner's Lettuce along the trail and picked enough for a nice substantial salad.

This turned into one of these events, which lives on in your mind and that you will never forget – it tasted fantastic!

So, as you can see, I am very partial to this plant. It is very succulent and tender and has an earthy taste.

Siberian Miner's Lettuce grows in moist places in the woods.

Siberian Miner's Lettuce grows in moist places in the woods.

It likes moist woods with partial shade. The numerous fleshy stems grow in the form of a rosette, sprout opposing lance shaped leaves and are topped with small flowers. These are about half inch in diameter and sport 5 white or pink candy striped petals with a notch at the tip.

The candy stripes are probably responsible for its alternate name of Candy Flower.
It is called Siberian Miner's Lettuce because it is native to Siberia. However, it is also native to the west coast of North America and the early miners used it as salad makings. They are said to have agitated ants crawl over it, to add a little flavor from the acid these critters leave behind.

The fleshy leaves and stems of the Candy Flower, mixed with some dandelion leaves, fire weed tops or any other wild or domesticated greens, make a very succulent salad – particularly when you are camping out in the bush and do not have access to a supermarket.

Try it, you'll like it!

Get field guides for this and other edible, wild plants, here.

46 Comments

  1. http://locksmithashevillenc.hub.biz

    Excellent post! Keep it up.

  2. cialis Spójrz na to

    magnificent issues altogether, you simply gained a new reader.

    What may you recommend in regards to your put up that you just made a few days in the
    past? Any positive?

  3. cocktail Dresses for juniors

    It is really a nice and helpfu piece of information. I am happy that you simply shared this useful information with us.
    Please stay us upp to date ljke this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. cialis Dowiedz się więcej

    Currently it sounds like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging
    platform available right now. (from what I've read) Is that what you're using on your blog?

    • admin

      No, this is a WordPress site.

  5. liO10

    570916 245858I saw two other comparable posts although yours was the most beneficial so a whole lot 897251

  6. vintage cocktail dresses

    After checking out a feew of the blig posts on your website, I really appreciate yoour way of writing a blog.
    I added it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back soon.
    Please visit my web sitee too and let me know what you think.

  7. http://www.blogigo.com

    Many thanks for sharing this story. I am absolutely tired of desperate for relevant and intelligent commentary on this subject.
    Everyone these days seem to go to extremes to either drive home their point of view or
    suggest that everyone else in the globe is wrong. many thanks for your
    concise as well as relevant understanding.

  8. Randy

    Hi it's me, I am also visiting this site regularly, this web
    site is genuinely nice and the visitors are actually sharing nice
    thoughts.

  9. คาบาลเถื่อน

    Thankfulness to my father who shared with me regarding this web site, this website is
    genuinely awesome.

  10. browse around this site

    I like reading through a post that will make people think.
    Also, many thanks for permitting me to comment!

  11. cocktail dress code

    I think this is among the most vital info for me. And i'm glad reading your article.
    But want to remark on some general things, The website style is ideal, the articles is really excellent :
    D. Good job, cheers

  12. pink cocktail dress

    Today, I went to thhe beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear."
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside
    and it pinched her ear. She never wants to
    go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell
    someone!

  13. homerepairguy71.wikidot.com

    I do believe all the ideas you have presented for
    your post. They’re incredibly persuasive and can certainly work.
    Still, the posts are extremely quick for novices. Many thanks for the post.

  14. read this article

    WOW just what I was looking for. Came here by searching for
    siberian miner's lettuce

  15. Merlin

    Hurrah! At last I got a website from where I know how to really obtain helpful information regarding my study and knowledge.

  16. http://www.arcaempleo.org/

    Your means of explaining the whole thing in this article is
    genuinely fastidious, every one be capable of without
    difficulty know it, Thanks a lot.

  17. Kamagra Na Potencje

    Good day I am so happy I found your webpage, I really found you
    by mistake, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyways I am here
    now and would just like to say thanks for a remarkable post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don't have time to look over it all at the moment but I have saved it and
    also included your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more,
    Please do keep up the great work.

  18. see page

    I was suggested this web site by my cousin. I'm not
    sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my
    trouble. You're incredible! Thanks!

  19. Trudi

    Amazing! Its really awesome piece of writing, I have
    got much clear idea about from this paragraph.

  20. online poker with your friends

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and
    sources back to your site? My website is in the very same area of interest as yours and my visitors would certainly benefit from a lot of the
    information you present here. Please let me know if this ok with you.

    Appreciate it!

  21. sneak a peek here

    After I originally left a comment I appear to have
    clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added-
    checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails
    with the exact same comment. Is there a way you are
    able to remove me from that service? Many thanks!

  22. Deidre

    I know this web page offers quality depending articles and extra
    material, is there any other website which provides such stuff in quality?

  23. Willie

    Hello there! I could have sworn I've been to this site before but after browsing through some of
    the post I realized it's new to me. Nonetheless, I'm definitely glad I found
    it and I'll be bookmarking and checking back often!

  24. mortal kombat x hack no download

    Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed
    in Yahoo News? I've been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!

    Thank you

  25. eebest8 fiverr

    pretty helpful stuff, overall I believe this is worth a bookmark, thanks

  26. hack fallout shelter

    Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group?
    There's a lot of folks that I think would really enjoy your
    content. Please let me know. Thank you

  27. free instagram followers no survey

    I love what you guys tend to be up too. Such clever work and coverage!
    Keep up the good works guys I've you guys to my own blogroll.

  28. mortal kombat x cheats

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website
    yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I'm looking to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from.
    kudos

    • admin

      This is a WordPress site and I did it myself.

  29. bikiniluxe

    Keep on writing, great job!

  30. Netflix Nederland

    Fantastic blog.Thanks Again.

  31. web developer

    I do believe all of the ideas you have presented in your
    post. They're really convincing and will certainly work.
    Still, the posts are too short for starters. Could you please lengthen them
    a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  32. sg consumer emails

    Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to generate a really good
    article… but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never manage to get anything done.

  33. best NYC tours

    Hurrah! In the end I got a webpage from where I be capable of really take valuable data
    concerning my study and knowledge.

  34. audio transcription devices

    I really like reading through an article that will make men and women think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  35. ฟีโรโมน

    I have been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or
    blog posts on this sort of space . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this
    website. Reading this information So i'm glad to convey that I have a very good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed.
    I such a lot no doubt will make sure to don?t omit this web site and give
    it a look regularly.

  36. saltwater apparel fishing

    This is really interesting, You're a very skilled blogger.

    I've joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your
    great post. Also, I've shared your site in my social networks!

  37. Maria Johnsen

    Good write-up. I definitely appreciate this
    site. Stick with it!

  38. presenter une video en anglais bts

    For newest news you have to pay a quick visit world wide web
    and on the web I found this web site as a best web site for hottest updates.

  39. carpet cleaning services west la

    It's an amazing article for all the online users; they will
    get benefit from it I am sure.

  40. how to view private instagram photos

    Woah! I'm really digging the template/theme of this website.
    It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's very hard to
    get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and visual appearance.
    I must say that you've done a great job with this.
    Additionally, the blog loads extremely fast for me on Firefox.
    Superb Blog!

  41. www.turnto10.com

    These are really fantastic ideas in about blogging. You have touched some nice factors here.

    Any way keep up wrinting.

  42. Traci

    My partner and I stumbled over here by a different page and thought I might as well check things out.
    I like what I see so now i'm following you.
    Look forward to looking at your web page repeatedly.

  43. uverse captioning

    Do you have any video of that? I'd like to find out more details.

  44. transcription services vancouver

    Excellent article. I certainly appreciate this website.
    Continue the good work!

Leave a Comment