Mache facts

Mache which is also called Lamb’s lettuce is a tender, nutty, green salad which is great on its own and mixed with other greens as well. Though Mache is added raw in salads, it can also be lightly cooked. Mache is an easy to raise and great alternative for lettuce. It is best in temperate areas.  This vegetable possesses succulent leaves which are considered as a staple ingredient for the winter salads. They are also cooked like a spinach.

Name Mache
Scientific Name Valerianella locusta
Native Temperate zones of Europe
Common/English Name European corn salad, Fetticus, Lamb’s lettuce, Corn salad, Feldsalat, Common corn salad, Field salad, Nut lettuce, Italian corn salad, Rapunzel, Field lettuce
Name in Other Languages Spanish: hierba de los canonigos;
French: doucette;
Portuguese: alface-de-cordeiro;
Italy: dolcetta;
Japan: nojisha;
Netherlands: veldsla;
Sweden: vaarsallat;
Basque: Ardi mihi;
Valencian, Catalan: Herba dels canonges
Chinese: Gao Ju Xie Cao;
Croatian: Matovilac;
Czech: Kozlíček polní;
Danish: Tandfri Vårsalat;
Dutch: Gewone veldsla;
Estonian: Põldkännak;
Finnish: Rantavuonankaali;
German: Ackersalat;
Greek: Maroulaki;
Hindi: Mushakwali;
Ido: Valerianelo;
Latvian: salatu baldrinš;
Norwegian: Vårsalat;
Polish: Roszponka Warzywna;
Russian: Polevoj Salad;
Slovenian: navadni motovilec;
Spanish: Canònigo;
Swedish: Vårklynne;
Upper Sorbian: Prawa rjaponka;
Walloon: Doûcete;
West Flemish: Kôornsaloa
Plant Growth Habit Small, annual, rosette shaped bunches
Growing Climate Mild
Soil Dry or moist
Plant Size Height: 15 and 30 cm
Lifespan Annual
Leaf shape and size Spoon shaped-round;  Length: 6 inches
Leaf color Dark green
Leaf taste Distinct, sweet and nuttiness
Flowering Season May or June
Flower Bluish-white, five petals, funnel shaped; Length and width: 1.5-2 mm (0.06-0.08 inches)
Fruit shape & size Round, flattened achene
Fruit color Yellow
Flavor Nutty
Major Nutrition Vitamin A, RAE 199 µg (28.43%)
Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) 21.4 mg (23.78%)
Iron, Fe 1.22 mg (15.25%)
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.153 mg (11.77%)
Manganese, Mn 0.201 mg (8.74%)
Copper, Cu 0.075 mg (8.33%)
Potassium, K 257 mg (5.47%)
Phosphorus, P 30 mg (4.29%)
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.049 mg (3.77%)
Tryptophan 0.015 g (3.41%)
Health Benefits
  • Vision
  • Enhance immunity
  • Treats hypertension
  • Skin health
  • Pregnancy
  • Formation of hemoglobin
  • Metabolism
  • Brain health
  • Treat osteoporosis
  • Cures diabetes
Calories in 1 cup (56 gm) 12 Kcal.
Traditional uses The root is used to make a homoeopathic medicinal tincture.




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