Australian Yellowleaf: Buttery is the word that comes to mind. I have heard different lettuces described as buttery before, but I always thought that it had to do with the mouth feel, not the taste. I tried each of these as micro-greens, and as a micro-green I was unimpressed. As a baby lettuce it has this almost creamy taste with a crisp lettuce mouth feel. No bitterness at all as a fresh picked late spring green.
Grandpa A’s lettuce was wonderful as a micro-green. As a baby lettuce it is refreshing. It has the mouth feel of a butter head but the crisp, refreshing taste of romaine. So refreshing, I am almost tempted to juice it. It does not assert itself but instead makes a lovely back note for whatever is served with it. On a sandwich it provides the finish I want against the protein and dressing. I think I will choose this lettuce to put on a hamburger if the weather breaks long enough to fire up the BBQ.
Flashy Trout’s Back has been the unexpected treasure of this gardening season. I started a square of it (I am a square-foot-gardener) with my peas in February and am still harvesting leaves from that square. As a micro green and as a baby lettuce it has a nutty sweetness that I adore. This is a lettuce that needs only a bit of olive oil and lemon juice seasoned with a grind of Salt and pepper. As a mature lettuce it is not as crisp as Grandpa A’s but still holds the nutty sweetness that originally caught my attention. The fine folks at Uprising Seeds are saying that this one will hold up in summer heat. I’ll let you know if ever we get any summer heat.
Deborah …..getting dirty in Everett, Washington