Flashy Troutback Lettuce

50-70 days. From Austria, we present this charming, open-pollinated heirloom that looks delightful grown in harmony with other contrasting leaf and color types. Its German name, Forellenschluss, refers to the red-speckled leaf, which looks a lot like a trout. Flashy Troutback reliably produces smallish, 8" to 12", crisp, speckled Romaines with a uniquely smooth and buttery flavor. We invented this recipe to highlight its distinctive leaves and trouty theme: the Flashy Troutback Niçoise. Arrange speckled leaves on a platter; add cooked medallions of salmon and freshly harvested veggies from your garden: cooled barely-steamed Filet Beans, freshly dug Potatoes, Niçoise olives and a few anchovies. A hearty Dijon vinaigrette and torn fresh Basil leaves complete our twist on this fishy French fare! (OP.)

One packet of about 500 seeds

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A far cry from its wild, weedy ancestors, Lettuce now appears in all shapes, textures, flavors and sizes, bringing healthy crunch to modern kitchens. The varieties we offer are beautiful, reliable and usually not available in stores. To enjoy its ephemeral sweetness and texture, make sure Lettuce grows quickly: water it frequently and fertilize weekly with fish emulsion or manure tea. Direct-seed from the spring through the late summer. For baby greens, sow thickly and harvest with scissors or raise transplants, plugging seedlings into empty spaces in your garden as they become available.

Average seed life: 3 years.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mache, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

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