Mescher (Lettuce)

Mescher (Lettuce)

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Lactuca sativa

An heirloom of distinction, dated to the 1700s in Austria. A fast-hearting spring type, green with red-tinged leaves, and small very dense heads with perfect butter flavour. Sent to us as remnant seed by Oregon farmer Renee Oberdorf in 2007.

One of the very oldest garden plants and still always the essence of summer salad. In 22 years of growing and tasting every wild or tamed salad candidate that any seed source had to offer, we still find lettuce the most pleasing and welcome raw food of midsummer. Always a good base to set off more pungent or aromatic flavours. Though “misunderestimated” for its food value, crisp-leaf head lettuce is one of the richest vegetable sources of choline (an essential brain nutrient) in a healthy diet.

Get focused. Eat lettuce.

This group’s taste is distinguished by a soft texture and buttery feel in the mouth, as if the leaves are half-dressed as they come off the plant. For some, these are the highest form of lettuce. Generally, the plants form well wrapped heads at maturity, with broad midribs and well blanched hearts.

Approximately 350 seeds per/pkg.