Lettuce, Xingtai 16 (Organic)
Lactuca sativa. Green Leaf Stem. 60 days.
At first Xingtai 16 presents as a somewhat normal looking romaine type lettuce, and can be eaten as salad with the familiar lettuce crunch. Leaves have a light green color and savoy texture. But, later in its development, the stems elongate and produce a crunchy delicacy known as stem lettuce or celtuce which, as the name suggests, is primarily used as a stem vegetable after the plants elongate but before flowering. At this stage it is most commonly used as a stir-fry ingredient. We have often wondered what the next hip trend in the North American culinary world will be and maybe it will be celtuce. Currently popular throughout Asia, stem lettuce may resemble the lettuce that our ancestors ate. This variety was mailed to us directly from China in a transcontinental seed exchange.