Lettuce, White Seeded Samara (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Pink Leaf. 30 days baby; 50 full.
Apple green leaf lettuce tinged with pink. White Seeded Samara has a unique style, a little like a savoyed butterhead but without the tight heads. Flavor and texture is great, providing a sweet loftiness with a slight crispness. Grows vigorously and survives cold, wet weather exceptionally well. Best as a spring, fall or winter lettuce as it can get tip burn in the summer months. One of our most cold hardy lettuces. As its name suggests it probably originates near Samara, a Russian city on the Volga River. Our original source was from the Heritage Seed Library in England.
Seed produced by Persephone Farm near Lebanon, 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.