Lettuce – Freckles (romaine)

Product Info

This variety has beautiful maroon speckled green foliage, is slow to bolt and is very heat and cold tolerant.  The excellent flavor and striking colors will add interest to summer salads.  Stagger plantings for longer harvest time.  Grows well in full sun or part shade.

Exposure:  Full to partial sun

Matures:  55 days

Spacing:  18″ apart

Kid Friendly:  Yes

Container Friendly:  Yes

Heirloom:  Yes

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DIG THIS!   about Lettuce:

Ancient Greeks believed that lettuce induced sleep so it was served at the end of meals.  Of course, Roman Emperor Domitan knew this fact also, but he chose to serve it at the beginning of the meals and feasts so this way he could torture his guests by making them stay awake in his presence.

Superstition says that lettuce has magical and healing powers.  It is said to arouse love and counteract the effects of too much wine.  Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family.  Darker leaved varieties are more nutritious than lighter colored.  Thomas Jefferson grew 19 varieties of lettuce at his home garden in Montecello.  Lettuce cannot be preserved by any method and is only eaten fresh.