Corn Salad is a small annual plant of the V. Locusta species. It is scientifically called Valerianella locusta. The soft textured leaves are rosette shaped and dark green in colour. It has a nutty flavour and is often served in salads. Corn Salad is also called common corn salad, lamb’s lettuce, mache, fetticus, feldsalat, nut lettuce, field salad and Rapunzel. It is also called as doucette or raiponce in French cooking.
Corn Salad is a powerhouse of nutrients that include vitamins and minerals that are vital for a healthy lifestyle. It contains nutrients such as Vitamin A and C, folates, pantothenic acid, niacin and choline. It also contains minerals such as copper, selenium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese and magnesium. Corn Salad contains no cholesterol.
Beta-carotene and vitamin A antioxidants found in corn salad prevents various types of eye related disease, such as macular degeneration, cataract and night blindness. Vitamin C and Vitamin A present in corn salad prevents the risk of cancer. Vitamin B rejuvenates and replenishes the skin, prevents damage and skin related issues such as wrinkles, dark-spots, fine-lines and signs of aging.
Vitamin C rich corn salad promote the production of white blood cells and prevents diseases caused by bacteria, virus and other pathogens. Corn salad also improves the immunity and protects the body from common diseases like cold and flu.
Consumption of corn salad on a regular basis regulates the blood sugar, reduces risk of anaemia, boosts metabolism, improves brain function and helps in the treatment of osteoporosis.