Salanova: The Champion of Lettuces

It’s not like I haven’t grown lettuce before. I have. Last year we were up to our necks in Black Seeded Simpson. It’s fine, but about as dainty as they come. Airy, even, and with a taste to match – nondescript in early spring; faintly bitter later on. And did I mention the lack of heft? The mere hint of dressing or heat – from, say, some delicious sliced steak – and you were left with a wilted, sad state of affairs.

Enter Salanova, a new lettuce available from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. It’s a little spendy compared to the Black Simpson but man, does this stuff back it up. Grows like a champ, no pest damage so far and great flavor. And oh, it has moxy to stand up to that grilled steak. I’m not alone in growing it either. Pierpont Farms has acres of the stuff, dwarfing my little patch in the backyard. And so far it has me wishing I’d ordered more…

Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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