January 04, 2009

"Mâche ado about something"

What a horrible pun. But at least it did make me look up the meaning of mâche. According to the OED, the word is "probably shortened" from pomache, itself related to the Latin word pomum (fruit). I couldn't find an explanation for the English term Lamb's Lettuce. In German, it is known as Feldsalat (field salad) or, in some regions, as Nüsschen- or Nüssli-Salat (little nut salad). Quite a versatile little green.

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