In the Presidio, the chef pulls over to munch on crisp miner's lettuce
that covers an embankment before continuing across the bridge and up into the Marin Headlands to climb switchbacks.
And consider trying some offbeat fall greens, such as mache, miner's lettuce
and shungiku, an edible chrysanthemum.
Sylvia Bengisoy: Really anything, even miner's lettuce
. By that time, I'm craving my veggies: lettuce, carrots, definitely peas.
"Brewer's Harvest Dinner" includes Potted Rabbit With Shallot Jam, Pickled Mustard Seeds and Crostini, paired with D.I.B.'s Irish Red Nitro (vegetarian option, substitute cheese for rabbit); Dungeness Crab Cake With Preserved Aioli and Miner's Lettuce
, paired with Das Bitter (vegetarian substitute vegetables for crab); Beer-Braised Lamb With Polenta, Mushrooms and Stinging Nettle Salsa, paired with Bock Out Collaboration (vegetarian substitute greens for lamb); and Malt Chocolate-Dipped [ETH]clair, paired with Reelin' in the Oats Stout.
Every day, in city parks and urban median strips, in backyards, on public beaches, and in your nearest stretch of federal wilderness, the earth serves up her bounty: snails, wild radish, miner's lettuce
, stinging nettles, nasturtium, acorns, blackberries, loquats, lemons, sea asparagus, Dover sole, New Zealand spinach, chanterelles, morels, matsutake.
Vanessa and Tom suggest these additions to your salads: crunchy kohlrabi, a few fresh-snipped herbs, some wild and vitamin-rich chickweed, roasted walnuts or pecans, miner's lettuce
, crumbled goat cheese and hard-boiled eggs.