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What's a good type of lettuce to try for some one who doesn't like lettuce?

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Post  Robbomb116 on 9/27/2016, 5:20 pm

Me and lettuce have always been the worst of enemies.   When I was young I would yell from the backseat at the drive through that I was "allergic" in a desperate attempt to avoid having lettuce on my tacos. 

Now that I'm finally trying to incorporate more veggies into my diet I thought the time might come when I even have to try lettuce again.   I know nothing about lettuce types and if they even taste different.  I do know that the normal type they shred and put on stuff like tacos tastes extremely bitter to me.  And people think I'm crazy for thinking that, but that's how it is for me.

Any suggestions for a type of lettuce I should try to start with?  If I can't find it in the grocery store abs have to try and grow it next year that would be fine.   As long as it's quick enough to grow that I can plant it where my tomatoes wold eventually grow; that being the only spot I don't have anything planned for next spring.

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Post  llama momma on 9/27/2016, 5:52 pm

I understand your dislike of bitter lettuce.  I came across a variety called Little Gem. These grow small heads of Sweet Tasting and nicely colored almost dark green leaves. Not that pale green junk.   I give this variety a grade of A+.  I recommend you look up this variety to see if it grows well in your location. Husband and I  are big fans.  Best wishes!

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Re: What's a good type of lettuce to try for some one who doesn't like lettuce?

Post  Mimi2 on 9/27/2016, 8:17 pm

Romaine lettuce is different, because it has a nice crunch- and lots of water...It is especially delicious with Caesar dressing, croutons and bacon bits.Barely recognizable as lettuce. Even most kids (with their discerning taste buds) will eat it.

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Post  Mikesgardn on 9/27/2016, 9:14 pm

Try a lettuce mix like this:    http://www.superseeds.com/products/pinetree-lettuce-mix

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/27/2016, 9:59 pm

Another really nice butterhead like Little Gems is Matchless.  Easy to germinate and grow.  Very mild and crunchy, not bitter.  Heirloom.  I could send you some seeds if you want to try it?  PM me if interested!

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Post  Mimi2 on 9/28/2016, 8:30 am

Butter head lettuce is delicious. It melts in your mouth.

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Post  landarch on 9/28/2016, 2:30 pm

I grew Romaine and experienced some bitterness (that nasty white milky sap) if I let the heads get big. 

I then started to learn about other lettuce types 1) Loose Leaf, 2)  Butterhead or Bibb, 3) Romaine, 4) Buttercrunch 5) Crisp Head...and maybe some others.

So this fall I'm growing Bibb, Buttercrunch, Boston Bibb (Baker Creek Seeds), and Igloo...and would like to add Nancy (Boston type from Johnny's) next spring. 

Another reason I like growing Bibb or Butter types is they are super expensive at the store.

Read through some seed catalogs like Johnny's to see what lettuce types may be interesting to you.

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Post  Scorpio Rising on 9/28/2016, 8:25 pm

@landarch wrote:
Another reason I like growing Bibb or Butter types is they are super expensive at the store.
Yes,  they are!  Because they don't ship well.  Their delicious mild flavor and wonderful texture tell you why!

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Post  yolos on 9/29/2016, 10:41 am

Question - I love nice crisp head lettuce but can't grow it here because the cool weather does not last long enough and it is virtually un-nutritious.  So, what other type of lettuce is the crispest.  So far I have found black seeded simpson.  Are there any better crispier non heading lettuce.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 9/29/2016, 11:59 am

I love Burpee's Little Ceasar. Does great right into summer here. You don't have to let it head up, just pick it early, which I do with some.

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Post  sanderson on 10/8/2016, 2:01 am

This article was posted on Facebook by an aggie friend. At the end are some nice photos with descriptions. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/04/yuma-lettuce_n_6796398.html?

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Post  Robbomb116 on 10/8/2016, 12:26 pm

Actually tried a piece of romaine from my wife's salad.  It wasn't bad! At very least it lacked to bitter flavor that makes iceberg indelible to me.

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Post  ralitaco on 10/8/2016, 12:35 pm

My favorite variety has long slender leaves.
Has a reddish color.
Goes great with all sorts of foods.
Really tastes great...

BACON!!!!

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Post  Robbomb116 on 10/8/2016, 12:45 pm

@ralitaco wrote:My favorite variety has long slender leaves.
Has a reddish color.
Goes great with all sorts of foods.
Really tastes great...

BACON!!!!

I've heard it's great on a BLT!

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