Lettuce, Bunyards Matchless (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Bronze Romaine. 30 days baby; 60 full.
Large, open heads are dark green with some bronze tint. Similar to George Richardson, Brown Goldring, and other Bath Cos types. Crunchy with distinctive nutty, sweet delicious flavor. This English heirloom is both cold and heat tolerant. Scored higher overall than most other lettuces for both agronomic and eating qualities in the Heritage Seed Library’s 2008 Leafy Vegetable Project evaluation. Given to The Seed Ambassadors Project by the Heritage Seed Library in England. Aka, Bunyard’s Matchless.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden 3-4 weeks after sprouting at 3″ spacing for leaf, 12″ for heads. Alternatively, direct sow March through September. In our area, lettuce can go through winter if protected. Succession sow for continual harvest.
Collect seeds when flowers are downy like dandelions. Cut seed heads and place upside down in a bag to dry for a few days. Knock seed heads against side of bucket or tote, rub downy fluff off seeds. Winnow and screen to clean.