Documented as being grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson. One of the most popular lettuces in the early 1900’s, but now very hard to find the original black-seeded strain that we offer. Small heads measure only 6-8″ in diameter.
Tennis Ball lettuce History
Documented as being grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson. One of the most popular lettuces in the early 1900’s, but now very hard to find the original black-seeded strain that we offer. Small heads measure only 6-8″ in diameter and form nice little loose heads that are excellent for spring and summer salads. Butterhead.
Growing Tennis Ball Lettuce
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.
Harvesting Tennis Ball Lettuce
Cut the outer lettuce leaves about 1 inch above the crown. This protects the crown so the lettuce can continue growing. Cut off the amount of lettuceneeded when the leaves reach a length between 3 and 6 inches. Water the lettuce regularly to encourage continued growth even after you begin harvesting
Preserving And Storing Lettuce
To store a full head of lettuce, wrap in a damp paper towel and put the head inside a plastic bag. Store in the refrigerator. If you’re storing individual lettuceleaves, spin them dry after washing and place in a lettuce keeper in the fridge. A container is best to avoid bruising and bacteria buildup. ne way is to freeze full lettuce leaves. To do so, separate and rinse off lettuce leaves 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
Tennis Ball lettuce Recipes
In Ukraine, there are as many variations of lettuce salad as there are cooks. it contains no garlic, rather one secret ingredient that makes this salad much better than any other garden salads.
The nutrients in Tennis Ball lettuce provide multiple health benefits:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B
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