What Are Mache Greens & How Should I Prepare Them?

February 3, 2020

If you’re a regular customer and recipient of our emails, you may have noticed (and already dug into) a new product of ours, Mache greens. It’s quite possible that the name seems a bit foreign to many of our customers but you’ve likely tried something similar to Mache greens before and we urge you to not let the name deter you from throwing some in your cart. Here’s why:

Mache greens are a cold weather salad green. They’re similar to Tatsoi, which is an Asian variety of Brassica. They are planted after the corn harvest so some people even refer to them as the corn salad green. Lamb's lettuce and fetticus are two other name variations.

This Mache, like all of our fresh veggies is organically grown without the use of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, or any other harmful sprays. The mache is grown with our customer's, the earth’s, and our own family’s health in mind, naturally.

Because they’re organically grown, you can rest assured that Mache carries optimal levels of vitamins and nutrients, which include:

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Tryptophan
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin C

It takes just a 3.5-ounce serving of mache to deliver 64 percent of the daily value of vitamin C. It also has a high concentration of iron, the mineral needed for healthy red blood cells. Additionally, a four-ounce serving of mache has over 250 mg of omega-3 fatty acids, which not only lower triglyceride levels in the blood, but they also increase the amount of high-density lipoprotein (HDP) (good cholesterol). All of these characteristics make it an ideal option for obtaining nutrients, especially throughout the winter, when some of us have decreased access to locally grown food. 

As for preparing it, Mache has a sweet nutty flavor. It can be used raw in salads as well as steamed or sauteed and served as a vegetable. Like many greens, the flavor will change slightly when heated.

You can get started enjoying Mache in a simply delicious salad like this with Oranges and Avocado (video), or add a fun twist with this Bon Appetit salad recipe featuring crispy shallots (yum). Ready to venture outside the salad world? Throw it in your favorite soups or saute with garlic and mushrooms in our NEW A2A2 butter (or our traditional grassfed butter). 

As always, please reach out to let us know what you think or if you have any questions or requests. Thank you for choosing Dutch Meadows, and enjoy!

Dave Stoltzfus

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