In the summer of 2005 we grew a
large number of specialty lettuces and greens. Below
are listed those that we will definitely be growing
again in 2006, plus we will be adding new greens and
new varieties, so watch this space!
Greens are listed first, followed
by the lettuce varieties.
- The king of gourmet salad greens.
Arugula, also known as Roquette, is very hardy with
a fine peppery/sweet flavour. The salad green has
a flavour that starts mild in young leaves and intensifies
as they mature. It is usually appreciated raw in salads
or on sandwiches.
- Astro – Great salad variety.
- Wild - An alternative to the usual
Rocket, with deep green, serrated foliage that makes
an attractive garnish. Wild Rocket has a stronger
flavour than standard Rocket, and the young leaves
can be picked in succession and are perfect for
- Skyrocket combines the speed of
Salad Rocket and the flavour of Wild Rocket. An
upright habit, so keeps the attractive serrated
leaves clean and disease free. Pungency increases
as the plants develop. Best cut as small leaves.
MEI QING CHOI –
Baby Pak Choi
This dwarf is compact, tasty and tender. The first
hybrid green stem dwarf Shanghai pak choi type with
good heat and cold tolerance and bolting resistance.
In the fanciest preparations, only the tiny "heart"
is used. Excellent eating quality and very delicious
when frying with meat and other vegetables
Bulls Blood – Dual Purpose - Beets & Greens
An exceptional baby green. Deep red leaves make an
attractive addition to salad mixes as well as a great
- Cicoria Catalogna - Dark
green leaves 12 in./31 cm long and 3 in./8 cm wide
are deeply notched, with light green petioles. Both
leaves and tender stalks are harvested in the spring.
- Magdeburgh - Italian dandelion.
Plants are 15 in./38 cm tall with medium green tender
dandelion-like foliage. Leaves excellent for salads
or cooked like spinach. Roots are 14-16 in long,
tapered and white.
Extra finely cut, lacy leaves with mild, nutty-flavour,
delicate crispy ribs and cream coloured hearts are
fast growing and are a great addition to salads, adding
flavour, body and crunchy texture. Cool weather crop,
so harvest leaves young during hot weather to avoid
bitterness. BROAD-LEAVED & GREEN CURLED AVAILABLE
ROUND LEAVED or Shungiku - Chrysanthemum coronarium
Large leaf chrysanthemum. Oriental green with an unusual
strong flavour – chopsuey green. Leaves are
cooked like spinach. Edible young leaves & flowers
used for flavouring salads, or in stir fries.
KOMATSUNA - All
season Japanese Green.
Mild, tender greens for salads, stir-fry. Uniform
upright plants with slender, tasty, cylindrical green
stems and dark green, round leaves.
MACHE / CORN SALAD
A popular miniature gourmet salad green. Dark green,
round leaves form delicately nutty-flavored fancy
Chinese – ‘Southern Giant’
Sharp-flavoured curly leaves are excellent in salads
and sandwiches or cooked. Harvest when young and tender.
- Cryptotoenia japonica
Japanese parsley. A perennial plant with tender leaf
stems - 3 plain parsley leaves per stem. Young leaves
have an aromatic flavour used in seasoning fish soups,
Attractive, finely-cut curled leaf mustard with pleasant,
mild flavour. A slender leafed and mild flavoured
salad green. Japanese favourite for sukiyaki-like
dishes. Also great in salads and as a garnish.
ORACH – (French
An old world vegetable green known to the Greeks and
Romans, still popular in France today. The tender
young shoots can be boiled and buttered, creamed,
added to quiches, rolled up in crepes, or tossed in
cold salads - just like spinach, only with a milder,
less acidic flavour.
Purple (Akashisho) -
Purple (Purplish red leaves; preferred for pickling.
A popular Japanese herb. Young stems and leaves can
be used for aroma, flavoring Mesclun salad mixes,
cooking and pickling. Dark red leaves are serrated.
Succulent leaves are popular in France for salads,
cooked greens or in soups. Good summer green performing
best in hot weather. Much improved over its wild relative.
- Golden Leaf French
- Green Leaf
– Chicory Milan
Milan has dark red, round 5½ - 6 inch heads
with distinct white veins and is compact with well
folded leaves. The colorful leaves create a striking
and flavourful accent to green salads.
SALAD BURNET –
Nut-cucumber flavour of leaves is welcome in all salads
with French dressing or mayonnaise. Also in soups,
casseroles, herb vinegars and cream cheeses.
- Catalina - a smooth-leaf type
with exceptional dark green leaves noted for baby-leaf
production. Smaller leaves are thick, nutritious
and add an interesting texture to salad mixes.
- Correnta - The very dark
green, smooth thick leaves are an excellent source
of fibre, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, magnesium
and folacin. The rounded leaves are heavy but tender.
Delicious cooked and absolutely wonderful in salads.
Plus: Bloomsdale, Galaxy, Oriental
Giant, Organic Samish
Tatsoi - One of
the most popular oriental greens.
An open-hearted oriental mustard with spoon shaped,
thick, very deep green leaves. Tender and flavorful.
Excellent for salads, soups and oriental-style cooking.
Especially suited to baby leaf, Aruba is a true dark
red coloured oak-leaf loose lettuce with intense red-bronze
coloring at a young stage. The slightly ruffled and
lobed leaves add texture and visual appeal as well
as the mild taste.
BRONZE ARROW –
Certified Organic Seed
Delicious, silky-textured red-green arrow-shaped leaves,
dark green with bronze tinting – absolutely
beautiful. Mild-tasting. A rare heirloom, long-standing
beautiful lettuce that has it all; considered one
of the best lettuces in the world.
Looseleaf lettuce – The dark burgundy color
at an early stage makes it excellent intense red “baby
leaf”. Leaves are slightly ruffled.
BLACK SEEDED SIMPSON
Certified Organic Seed
Heirloom. Our earliest leaf lettuce. Loose, light
green crinkly leaves retain their crisp, tender eating
qualities longer than other leaf lettuce varieties.
The savoy leaves are crisp, tender and produce abundantly.
SIMPSON ELITE Lettuce
Probably the best leaf lettuce on the market. Flavour
is delicate with almost no bitterness even in latter
stages of harvest. Simpson Elite grows quickly, has
crisp texture and attractive medium-light green curled
Also: SIMPSON LEAF
A Triple Red leaf lettuce that was developed specifically
for use as a baby leaf. Cavalry has good colour in
the baby stage. The leaves are red-bronze in colour,
have a slightly blistered edge and have a nice crisp
texture. Plants growth is upright for easy harvest.
Add bursts of color to your plate with Eruption lettuce.
An intensely red colored mini bib-romaine lettuce,
suited to baby leaf and mesclun prodution. Glossy,
savoy leaves are crisp and mild tasting. Miniature
romaine heads will reach 8" tall.
Lettuce Certified Organic Seed
This early, open pollinated lettuce has glossy green,
semi-savoy leaves with maroon splaches. Mature heads
hold extremely well in the field. A green romaine
with maroon splashes that will really liven up your
LOLLA ROSSA Certified
A frilly red lettuce that will add lots of eye appeal
and volume to salads. An excellently flavoured Italian
lettuce of the type used in salads and also in many
other dishes as a tasty garnish. It is compact, non
hearting with a rosette of finely frilled leaves with
deep red edge.
MERVEILLE DES QUATRES
SAISONS (Marvel of 4 Seasons) - Organic - Rare
A classic old French lettuce, described by the famous
French seed company, Vilmorin, in 1885. This heirloom
has a rosette of reddish-coloured leaves that deepen
to a dark red in cool weather. This centuries-old
French heirloom bibb lettuce has big heads of radiant
color, with flavorful ruby-red leaves surrounding
tightly folded, crispy green hearts.
PARRIS ISLAND OR
A well-known 'romaine' lettuce. Especially noted for
its crisp leaves and sweet flavor. Attractive uniform
heads are large, growing about 10 inches tall, with
deep green outer leaves protecting the creamy white
RED DEER TONGUE
– Certified Organic Seed - Rare
Named for its triangular leaves, which are blushed
with red, this heirloom was popular with pioneers
for its hardiness
RED CORAL –
A beautiful heirloom lettuce with reddish-pink, frilled
leaves Quite stunning visually, with a nice, sweet
Early, beautiful colour, and high nutritional value.
Loose leaf lettuce with a deep bronze-red color. Its
open head allows more sunlight on leaves and thus
more nutrients-but still forms full center.
D’HIVER - Certified Organic Seed
1800’s. An old French variety with red &
green leaves, which have a sweet, buttery flavour.
Cold & heat resistant..
Good for salad mix or for sandwiches. Deep red leaves
form a loose romaine head. Rouge d'Hiver has better
color than other red romaines.
RUBIN ROMAINE Lettuce Certified
This semi-dwarf romaine produces dark red outer leaves
with bright green inner leaves. Produces open upright
heads that mature in 55-60 days.
A True Three Season Lettuce and beautiful in the salad
bowl. Long, wavy deep-notched lime green lettuce that
is very early. Great for cutting, or for full size,
- Red Salad Bowl – as above
but with red outlining the leaves
A red Batavia with great heat tolerance, Sierra produces
shiny, thick green leaves with a burgundy tinge at
the leaf tips. Leaves have a delicious crunchy, nutty
flavor and add a touch of color to your salad mix.
SPECKLED – Certified Organic
Seed – Rare.
Brought to Ontario by a Mennonite family in 1799,
this attractive butterhead-type lettuce has light-green
leaves “speckled” with maroon flecks.
The unusual speckling of these mild, tender, thick
but soft leaves will add visual interest to any salad.
Speckles is rarely bitter and is quick maturing. It
is also know as Boston or Bib lettuce. Lettuce grows
well near cabbage, beets, carrots, chives, garlic,