Last of the Mache

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I think my mache crop is on its last legs this spring. I did not start early enough this year and missed out on at least one additional harvest. Mache likes to germinate in cooler temperatures and the last few seeds I sowed in the empty spaces don’t seem to have done anything. I’ll sow it again in the early fall, which tends to be the time of year that it prefers anyways.

I’m a bit sad to see it go. Mache is our very favourite green. I used to think it was over-rated until I discovered the secret — salt the fresh rosettes lightly and pair it with sweet fruit and little bits of a sharp cheese. Yum. I could go for that right now but it’s only 10am.

Note: The little red-tinged plants in the foreground are purslane (Portulaca olearacea) seedlings. Purslane is considered a weed since it self-seeds, but I always encourage it to come up in my pots. This is another excellent and highly nutritious green that I harvest and eat in the same way I prepare the mache. Simply cut the entire plant off at the root and eat it whole, uncooked.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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