Red Romaine Lettuce - Give Your Romaine Some Color
A gorgeous, eye-catching variety deserving a spot in your garden. The colorful leaves start out green then mature into a deep red-bronze. Salads and sandwiches are better with the sweet, tart, flavorful crunch of the leaves.
Red Romaine was one of the test lettuces grown on the International Space Station from seed for the 2014 Veg-01 experiment on growing food in space.
The heads are thick enough to grill if allowed to form, but are great as a cut-and-come-again. Works great in little spaces in the garden and containers that don’t have much depth.
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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