Lettuce, Saragossa (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green and Red Crisphead. 45-55 days.
A brilliant green and red crisphead lettuce. Exceptional heat resistance similar to Batavian types and the flavor is sweet and crisp even in the middle of summer. The last few years we have been trialing summer lettuces and Saragossa is one of our favorites. Selected to excel in outdoor production all season long from spring through fall. The compact heads are heavy without closing completely like an iceberg type, allowing for harvest at a range of sizes. Andrew picked up this variety from Bingenheimer Saatgut while on an Open Source Seed Initiative advocacy trip to Germany in 2016. Bred under biodynamic farming practices by Ulrike Behrendt with the assistance of Kultursaat, a biodynamic seed breeding foundation.
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.