Lettuce, Romaine 'Speckled Trout'
Preferred Situation: Semi sun; well draining fertile cool soils
Harvest Date: Monday 05 January, 2009
Seed count: 150-200
Known as "Forellenschuss" or "Speckled Trout Back" in our native Austria, this heirloom romaine will add substance as well as a gourmet touch to any dish/salad with its bright green, good thick full leaves splashed with deep purple/maroon. One of many heirlooms I will be growing from the old country.
Our Bavarian barbarian salad dressing:
1-2 clove garlic minced
1-2 tsp honey
1-2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2-4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp avocodo oil
4 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
salt & pepper to taste
Blend well. Sometimes mom puts some finely minced fresh ginger in the dressing too. Adjust for personal taste. Pour mixture over the greens, toss well and let sit 10 mintues before serving.
Thinly sow and barely cover; tamp firm & mist. Greater success with clear cover. Gentle bottom heat (15C) promotes germination. Days to germ: 5-10. Grow at 10C in fertile soil. Use liquid kelp for the best salad greens. Heat & intense sun is lettuce’s enemy so its best to grow in a cool site shady site in summer or suffer bitter greens.