Black-Seeded Simpson Lettuce - Cut and Come Again
Large loose frilly light-green lightly crumpled leaves on crisp textured loose heads with a delicate flavor. Large upright plants are very early maturing and adaptable. Slow to bolt, stands heat and drought well, stays sweet and tender longer than many other lettuces. Also known as Best of All or Simpson lettuce.
A great cut and come again lettuce for the home gardener. Introduced around 1850.
Lettuce is thought to have originated in Asia Minor, probably from one of the wild lettuce types, of which there are more than 100 varieties. Lettuce graced the tables of Persian kings, Roman senators, and medieval lords. It has been food for peasant and noble alike for hundreds of years. Lettuce was also prized medicinally for its cooling powers and was used to tame fevers, liver inflammations and lust.
Leaves are used in salads and on sandwiches.
Mulching your lettuce plants will help the shallow root system maintain even moisture. Try to keep constant moisture by watering the soil not the leaves.
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