Get out your biggest bowl.
Spring greens mixed with onions and radishes.
Wilted Lettuce. When Grandma asked me what I wanted for supper, I said wilted lettuce.
“You and Rex,” she said. “I think he could eat a dish pan of wilted lettuce.”
Grandpa Rex and I loved wilted lettuce.
Not a spring lettuce garden goes by without several servings of wilted lettuce on the menu.
In restaurants the closest you will get to this dish is “Spinach salad with hot bacon dressing.”
To make Wilted Lettuce and the get the recipe go to:
Have you tried Flashy Trout Back lettuce?
Mature lettuce has burgundy colored speckles.
It is very popular now. If it is too late to plant lettuce, order seed for a fall crop.
‘Flashy Trout Back’ is a romaine lettuce, fully mature at 55 days. It is crisp, crunchy and spattered with dark wine colored splashes.
Young Flashy Trout Back is especially popular with the local baby rabbits.
You can harvest baby greens, which are much lighter colors.
Todays Harvest Basket
First Harvest Basket of 2014. Pak Choi, onions, radishes, lettuces. Plus, there is a pint or so of strawberries we’ve been getting every day this week, Ozarks Beauty. We are also finishing up Asparagus season this week.
Salad greens, radishes, green onion, Pak Choi Photo: Patsy Bell Hobson
One interesting thing, is that there are a few radish left, hidden in the lettuces. They are big and only as hot as the smaller more traditional radish. Not fiery hot or pithy. They are pink and red and a few are white.
Some of these big radish have gone to seed. The flowers a small and dainty on tall wispy stems. I hope to save some seed to plant next spring.