Very tolerant of hot weather and bolting. Long-standing and never bitter.
Green Oakleaf Lettuce History
This Scottish heirloom was introduced near Edinburgh in the 1830’s. Highly adaptable, perfect for home or market gardens. Consistent producer of 3″, white, tender stalks and is very winter hardy. Excellent flavor and yield. Wonderful in soups.
Growing Green Oakleaf Lettuce Seeds
It doesn’t take much work to grow lettuce from seeds. Lettuce seeds are often quite small and only require a planting depth of ¼ to ½ inch deep. Growing lettuce in rows gives your garden a traditional look. Consider alternating rows of green and red lettuce for a whimsical touch.
How far apart to plant lettuce depends on the type of lettuce you’re planting. When sowing seeds directly into the soil, you should plant approximately 10 seeds per foot. Space your rows 12 to 18 inches apart. Thin leaf lettuce seedlings to 4 inches apart. Romaine and butterhead lettuce seedlings require 6 to 8 inches between each plant. Transplant head lettuce in rows 12 to 18 inches apart with 10 to 12 inches between each plant.
Preserving And Storing Green Oakleaf lettuce
to freeze full lettuce leaves, separate and rinse off lettuceleaves and dab excess water off with a paper towel. Then, place the leaves in an air-tight freezer bag. You can also freeze lettuce by pureeing it and freezing it in ice cube trays for liquid recipes like smoothies and soups. Keep in mind that lettuce tends to lose some of its crispness and flavor when it freezes, so it’s best to freeze lettuce for smoothies, soups and stews not for recipes that rely on fresh lettuce leaves like salads. Same goes for other leafy greens like spinach and kale, which are great for freezing as well.
Green Oakleaf lettuce Benefits
Oak leaf Lettuce contains six times the Vitamin A and over three times the Vitamin C content as iceberg. Medicinally, oak leaf is used as a mild sedative, with the added benefit of being easy on the di- gestive system. Due to its extremely low calorie content and high water volume, lettuce is actually a very nutritious food. Green Oakleaf lettuce is loaded with vitamins and minerals while low in calories. Its nutrient profile is comparable to other lettuces.
Green Oakleaf Lettuce Recipe
Oak leaf and baby romaine lettuces are so tender they’re best eaten straight from the garden or at least within a day or two of picking. Mild and delicate, they pair wonderfully with peppery radishes and chopped hard-boiled eggs in this easy salad.
Green Oakleaf lettuce has an especially high water content, which can keep you hydrated and feeling full. It is a great source of antioxidants, in particular, anthocyanins, beta carotene, and vitamin C. Oakleaf lettuce contains decent amounts of magnesium and potassium, which may boost your heart health. Potassium may help reduce high blood pressure levels. Eating potassium-rich foods like red leaf lettuce may stabilize your blood pressure.
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About 28,000 seeds per ounce
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