Lettuce, Salade de Russie (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Speckled Crisphead. 60 days.
A large, crisphead type lettuce. Olive green with a nice bronze blush and covered in beautiful red speckles. In passing, it could be mistaken for a Castelfranco chicory but with close inspection it is all lettuce. Sweet crunchy flavor even in the heat of summer. Slow to bolt. Seems to be fairly cold tolerant as well. A really good lettuce with a funny name suggesting it is originally from Russia. We have tracked some of its journey from Terre Semences, also known as Association Kokopelli, in France, to author William Woys Weaver, to the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook.
Sow indoors in flats with good potting soil year-round. Transplant into the garden at 1′ spacing 3-4 weeks after sprouting. 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.