Friday, April 22, 2011

Meet Our Lettuce!

Every time we miss a day, things seem to shoot up overnight!  We won't get out to the garden again before Sunday so, I expect the beds will be in full bloom! 

Ahhhhh, rainwater, natures garden elixir!  Nothing is any better then God and Mother Nature tending your garden for you!  Thank you Lord, for the RAIN!!

The lettuce is looking good... The rains will probably make them ready for a harvest some time next week.  Since we are not in the garden today, let me take the time to introduce you to our Lettuce bed.  

Winter Density
Winter Density is heat and frost tolerant for an all season selection.  It has dark green leaves and heads that are tightly folded and rounded in when mature.  The texture is a cross between a Buttercrunch and a romaine with good flavor throughout the season.

Buttercrunch Holds into the fall without bolting, and as the weather turns cool, it gets even sweeter!
It is similar to bibb types but with thick, juicy green leaves and a small tight head. You'll appreciate Buttercrunch maintaining its sweetness during summers' heat without turning bitter.

Black Seeded Simpson
Black Seeded Simpson withstands a lot of adverse conditions including some drought, frost, and heat.  It

is an old favorite, both because of its flavor and because of its earliness.

Tat Soi
Tatsoi has sturdy emerald spoon-shaped leaves with a sweet, earthy, mustardy taste.The stalks are sweet and almost creamy. The texture is similar to mache, but much heartier. This green is popular in spring mix/mesclun mixtures.

It is low in calories yet high in minerals, vitamins, and health-promoting antioxidants.  Tatsoi is high in beta-carotene and Vitamins A, C, and K; they also have good amounts of calcium, potassium, phosphorous and iron.
Mix with lettuces and other greens; drizzle with dressing or vinaigrette. Steam, wilt, lightly stir fry or sauté and serve as an accompaniment to chicken, fish, or other proteins or as a cooked, chilled salad. Toss in soups for flavor and texture or use as a bed or garnish. Substitute for basil in pesto. Use quickly after harvesting.

Red Romain
Red Romaine, a colorful romaine lettuce with leaves in shades of red, bronze and green. Flavor is somewhat tart and spicy. Best color and flavor are achieved when grown in the cooler parts of the growing season.

We will be ready for salad soon. To keep it healthy, check out some of our homemade salad dressings on our recipe page!  

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