What are the pros? easy to grow, delicious
What are the cons? will bolt suddenly
This is a lovely butterhead. We direct sow in early April and they come up with ease. They grow into lovely heads. Sometimes we cut a few leaves, sometimes we take the whole head. No problems with slugs or other pests. They withstand the heat pretty well, but once the 80's hit, this will bolt suddenly. We let it, and it re-seeds itself the following year. Fall planting does not go as well though. They just can't get started in the heat, and winter comes on too fast here.
In terms of food quality, the leaves do not tear too easily, as is common with some butterheads. They are still delicate though and sweet. They stand up well in salads, sandwiches, and as a base for a chicken salad and such. My husband, who isn't much of a salad eater, insists we grow this one every year. So, this is year three. We have grown maybe 20-some different lettuces over the past four years. This is one of only two lettuces that we never rule out - the other is a black seeded Trocadero.
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