Mesclun is a mix of assorted small, young, tasty, tender salad leaves, and the idea of creating Mesclun originated many decades back in Provence, France. The traditional mix included chervil, arugula, leafy lettuces and endive in equal portions, but it has been adapted over time and regionality to include various combinations of the following: fresh and available lettuces, spinach, arugula (rocket or roquette), Swiss chard, chicory, mustard greens, endive, dandelion, frisée, radicchio, sorrel, and/or other leafy vegetables.
Fresh Mesclun can be purchased at most supermarket produce sections; however, since all its ingredients are so easy to grow at home, many home gardeners create their own Mesclun mixes for peak freshness, tremendous cost savings, and – most importantly – to select exactly which plants to combine to ensure one’s own personalized desired flavors, textures and colors.
In addition to being flavorful and interesting, the diversity of Mesclun mixes usually results in a very healthy base for salads that includes a rich variety of beneficial dietary minerals and vitamins. Some Mesclun mixes may even integrate edible flowers, which can range in flavor from spicy Nasturtiums to delicate Rose petals.