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Leopard Romaine Lettuce
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Leopard Romaine lettuce has an upright growth pattern like most romaine varieties and develops into a medium-sized head. The leaves are oval and pale green with a maroon-flecked pattern. The edges of the leaves are crisp and thinner than the common romaine variety. Young leaves have red specks that darken to maroon as they mature. The heart is a Leopard Romaine lettuce boasts a sweet and buttery flavor, with a slight bitter herbaceous after-taste.
Leopard Romaine lettuce is available year-round.
Leopard Romaine lettuce is a variety of romaine, which is botanically classified as Lactuca sativa L. var. longifolia. The spotted romaine variety also goes by the name Flashy Trout Back. Leopard Romaine lettuce was selected for its flavor and striking colors, as well as its resistance to disease and hardiness.
Leopard Romaine lettuce, like other romaine varieties, is very nutritious. The red pigmentation is due to the presence of anthocyanin, a phytonutrient with antioxidant benefits, giving this variety more antioxidant power than the common variety. Additionally, all romaine lettuce varieties are an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins K and A, and folate. Romaine also contains the minerals manganese, potassium, copper, and iron, and vitamins B1 and C is smaller amounts.
Leopard Romaine lettuce adds color and a crisp texture to green salads. The appearance adds an element of flair to simple presentations; use the maroon-flecked leaves for fruit displays or fresh center pieces. Use Leopard Romaine lettuce on sandwiches and roughly chop the heads for a colorful take on a Caesar salad. The silkier outer leaves are a nice compliment to the crisp, crunch of the romaine heart. The size of the outer leaves is also ideal for use as an appetizer wrap or tortilla substitute. Leopard Romaine lettuce will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator when kept dry and loosely wrapped in plastic.
The seeds for the Leopard Romaine lettuce were developed in the United States' Pacific Northwest, where the environment is perfect for romaine and other lettuce varieties. Seed developer Frank Morton began breeding lettuce in the early 1980s after a chance red lettuce seedling appeared amidst his green oakleaf lettuce. Since then, the company he runs with his wife Karen has produced hundreds of named varieties.
Leopard lettuce is a variety developed by an organic seed and vegetable farm called Wild Garden Seed outside of Philomath, Oregon in the United States’ Pacific Northwest. This variety was selected for its resistance to downy mildew and it ability to withstand the heat of the summer. Romaine lettuce was likely first cultivated by the Egyptians from wild lettuce. Romaine was introduced to the West from Rome, which is how it earned its name. Outside of the United States, romaine is known as "cos" which traces back to the Arabic word for lettuce. Leopard Romaine lettuce is available through select seed retailers and can be found at local farmer’s markets.
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