Illustration of Miners during the Gold Rush
What is miner’s lettuce: This plant is known as “miner’s” lettuce because it historically goes back to the San Francisco gold rush where miners came across this wild plant growing in large numbers throughout foothills and mining locations.
Miner's Lettuce growing on damp oak tree
Where to Find: This wild plant grows throughout most of the US forests and they prefer cool, damp conditions. It’s an annual plant that starts growing in the spring and likes shady spots.
Edible Parts: It can be eaten as a salad and is extremely high in vitamin C as well as a good source of hydration. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 100 grams of miner’s lettuce about the size of a decent salad, contains a third of your daily requirement of Vitamin C, 22 percent of the Vitamin A, and 10 percent of the iron.