Medicinal plants

Lamb's lettuce

Corn salad - a particularly healthy local vegetable

"If I don't get Rapunzeln to eat, I'll die," says the Grimm brothers fairy tale Rapunzel, which also gave the lamb's lettuce the name Rapunzelsalat. Botanically, the lamb's lettuce is called Valerianella and is related to the valerian. It is one of the few vegetables that can also be grown in winter. This makes the vegetables popular with buyers and growers alike. Little heat energy is required for cultivation and the plant is relatively easy to care for and does not place too high demands on soil quality. Germination begins to inhibit at temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius, which is why the vegetables are mainly harvested from October to December or in May.

How healthy is lamb's lettuce?

Corn salad is one of the healthiest types of salad. The vitamin C content is two to three times that of lettuce. In addition, the vegetables are rich in provitamin A, beta-carotene, folic acid, iron, phosphate, magnesium, potassium and calcium. With only 14 kilocalories per 100 grams, lamb's lettuce is a welcome representative of a low-calorie diet. The healthy vegetables are also considered a home remedy for winter depression. However, ├ľkotest analyzes have shown that there is a risk with conventional cultivation that toxins can accumulate in the leaves. (vb)

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