Lettuce, Ear of the Devil (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Red Leaf. 30 days baby; 60 full.
Massive heads with deer tongue shaped leaves. Green leaves have lots of red tones and crunchy midribs. When harvested young, they resemble Red Deer Tongue but with better color. Very slow to bolt, heat tolerant and always good flavor. The largest head of lettuce we have ever seen was one of these monsters. Maintained by Abundant Life Seed Foundation before the tragic fire destroyed their collection in 2003. More recently, this French heirloom was stewarded in southern Oregon for many years. Aka, Les Oreilles du Diable.
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.