The first two reasons:
- It’s one of the most delicious greens you can find.
- AND it grows in the winter without protection. Brush back the snow (or chip into the ice) and harvest.
Without considering its other great benefits, those are reasons enough for almost any gardener to want it.
Mache is well known in European countries. It’s available in grocery stores there in spring, late fall and winter.
Being low to the ground, mache has to be hand harvested. That makes profit difficult, so it’s seldom seen in US grocery stores.
Reason 3 – It reseeds.
Once it’s established you’ll have it every year without any work.
Reason 4 – Seldom available unless you grow it.
Growing your own is about the only way you’re gonna be able to enjoy this green.
Reason 5 – Mache can almost single-handedly make a tremendous contribution to your health at a time that you’re not able to get other greens to supplement your diet.
If you’ve studied nutrition you already know that almost all the minerals and vitamins we need to be healthy come from plants.
In the spring and summer we have a multitude of plants to choose from to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals we need. But in the winter, fresh greens are hard to come by.
Power packed with Vitamins A and C, mache also provides iron, Vitamin B6, manganese, copper, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), and tryptophan (an amino acid).
These vitamins and minerals make it beneficial to your vision, immune system, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, skin-bone-teeth health, brain health, blood sugar levels and more.
Reason 6 – Growing it as part of a plan for emergencies (when there’s no access to stores and power is down) could help you stay alive and in good health.
It has it’s feet in the wild and is more likely to outlast things in the garden that need protection in cold weather.
September is the perfect time to sow mache in your garden.
When you get all those rave reviews serving it as part of your Thanksgiving and/or Christmas feast, let me know.
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