A week or two ago, MG Pat Lynch sent out this photo of an interloper in her salad garden:
|photo by Sam Korper|
Since it looked so much like the rest of the Romaine lettuce it was growing with, she wondered whether it was a weed or a mutant form of lettuce. Well, sort of both: Jon Traunfeld identified it as Lactuca serriola, prickly or wild lettuce, which is a cousin of garden lettuce and a common weed that usually gets pulled out when it gets tall and goes to flower, but in its early stages can hide pretty successfully among similar plants. It’s bitter-tasting but edible, if you can put up with your mouth being pricked by the spines along the midrib.
A mystery quickly solved, but it kept making me think about masquerades and espionage for some reason. And then this happened. I’m very very sorry.
|also by Sam K.|