Lettuce – Summertime (head)

Product Info

This iceberg variety is heat and drought tolerant, and resists bolting and bitterness, even in the harshest conditions.  An old favorite on sandwiches and for salads, and keeps well in the refrigerator.

Exposure:  Full to partial sun

Matures:  75 days

Spacing:  12-18″ apart

Kid Friendly:  Yes

Container Friendly:  Yes

Heirloom:  No

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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.