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corn salad


Synonym: lamb's lettuce

botanical name: Valerianella locusta



Corn salad originated in Eurasia, where it grows wild at the roadside. The wild-growing salad used to be collected to be used in the kitchen; it did not begin to be cultivated until the 20th century. Today it is grown, particularly in Western European countries, out of doors or in greenhouses.


Corn salad used to be explicitly a winter vegetable. Today it is sold throughout the year, but it is in greatest supply from October until February.

Appearance, taste, characteristics

Corn salad is a small plant with a maximum of 20 small, oval green leaves which grow in a rosette. We differentiate between small- and large-leaved varieties. The slightly nutty taste is due to essential oils.


In terms of nutritional physiology, corn salad is a valuable vegetable. The amounts of the substances it contains exceed those in other salads. 100 g contain:

Corn salad, fresh
Energie (kcal)
Wasser (g)
Eiweiß (g)
Fett (g)
< 1
Kohlenhydrate (g)
Ballaststoffe (g)
Vitamin C (mg)
Vitamin A (RÄ) (µg)
Folsäure (µg)
Kalium (mg)
Natrium (mg)
Calcium (mg)
Magnesium (mg)
Eisen (mg)

Harmful substances

The nitrate content of corn salad can be quite high, at 1000–4000 mg per kg.

Quality criteria, optimal storage conditions

When you buy it, be sure that the leaves are not wilted. Corn salad does not keep very long. It is best to store it in the refrigerator, already cleaned and slightly moist.

Form of consumption, use, processing, practical tips for preparation

Corn salad is a popular vegetable. Remove the unattractive outer leaves and the roots. It is important to wash the salad thoroughly in standing water before eating it, so that the dirt is completely removed. Normally, the salad is pulled apart into bite-sized portions, about 3–4 leaves. It can be eaten alone or combined with other vegetables, but also with fruit. In addition, it can be used to decorate cold platters. It is seldom eaten cooked.


Valerian oil, which is found in the leaves and roots of corn salad, is used for medicines.





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