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Binomial Name Lactuca sativa var asparagina
Taxon Species
Description Celtuce, or stem lettuce, is a lettuce cultivar bred in China for its long, thick, flavorful stalk. The stem is topped with broad, oval-shaped green leaves. The leaves have a bitter taste and can be added to soups, salads, or stews. The stem's rough skin should be peeled. It's crisp, delicate, white interior tastes like a cross between celery and lettuce. It can be eaten raw or cooked. Grilling and roasting reveal a mild nutty flavor. Like most lettuce, Celtuce is a cool weather crop, but it bolts less quickly. Harvest stems when they are 2-7cm in diameter and 20-45cm tall. Larger stems will be woodier and require longer cooking time.
Sun Requirements Partial Sun
Growing Degree Days
Sowing Method Direct seed. If planting indoors, harden off before transplanting seedlings outside.
Spread (diameter)
Row Spacing 30 centimeters
Height 25 centimeters

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