Each Mekanzou is less than two inches in length. Mekanzou offer a slightly sweet taste and tender texture when young. Older sprouts will be more fibrous and have a slightly bitter aftertaste
Miyamairakusa are tender and crisp wild edible plants whose leaves, stems and roots are all edible. Leaves are heart-shaped, toothed and hairy; stems are crisp and fibrous. The leaves and stems are covered in tiny stinging and non-stinging hairs
Sweet Artisan Green Gem Lettuce
Inventory, 24 ct : 78.58
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Gem lettuce is available year round.
Sweet Gem lettuce, botanical name Lactuca sativa, is an annual plant of the sunflower family, Asteraceae. "Sweet Gem" is a trade name given to the variety of lettuce, Sucrine (French for sugar). It is also sold under the name, Winter Density. Sweet Gem lettuce was developed from Romaine lettuce and a butterhead type lettuce. This hybridization gives Sweet Gem lettuce the qualities of two very different lettuces, yet also independent characteristics unique to its parents.
Sweet Gem lettuces are a compact loose-forming head lettuce with vibrant true green semi-savoyed leaves. Sweet Gem's most appealing qualities are its size and texture. The leaves are petite, almost small enough to eat whole; the outer leaves are crisp with a melting quality, closer to the core, they are ribbed, succulent and incomparably crunchy. The flavor is delicate, subtly sweet and void of any bitterness that its parent, Romaine might carry.
The use of Sweet Gem lettuce should not simply be for a mixed green salad, nor should one necessarily chop the leaves for the the size is just right and the combination of textures in one leaf may get lost otherwise. Let the lettuce's virtues stand out, the texture and its subtle flavors are a perfect canvas for savory and bold companion ingredients and bright, fruity flavors. Sweet Gem lettuces soak up flavors, cut fat, hold sauces, vinaigrettes and juices in their leaves as well as any edible sponge. Pair with citrus, tomatoes, radishes, chiles, cooked eggs, especially fried and soft boiled, cheeses, particularly fresh or aged goat and sheep's milk, champagne and balsamic vinegar and cream-based dressings such as yogurt or buttermilk, dried fruits, apples, pears, melon, roasted chicken, bacon, shellfish, smoked trout, herbs such as basil, cilantro and dill and nuts, especially pistachios, walnuts and pignolas.
The original Sweet Gem lettuce, AKA Buttercos Sucrine is an heirloom lettuce originally cultivated in France. It is primarily grown throughout Western Europe and has been becoming increasingly common in Coastal California. As with most lettuce varieties, Sucrine is a cool season crop that prefers organic, nitrogen-rich loose soil, full sun, warm days and cool nights. It is cold-hardy, thus will tolerate frost and can be over-wintered.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Inn at Rancho Santa Fe||Rancho Santa Fe CA||858-381-8289|
|La Costa Bistro 65||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Davanti Enoteca El Camino Real||San Diego CA||858-519-5060|
|Whisknladle||San Diego CA||858-551-7575|
|Tender Greens-Liberty Station||San Diego CA||619-226-6254|
|Terra Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-293-7088|
|Georges at the Cove||San Diego CA||858-454-4244|
|La Costa Blue Fire||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Davanti Enoteca India St.||San Diego CA||619-237-9606|
|La Valencia||San Diego CA||858-551-3750|
|Wine Vault & Bistro||San Diego CA||619-295-3939|
|Hotel Del Coronado Sheerwater||Coronado CA||619-435-6611|
|Stone Brewing-Liberty Station||San Diego CA||619-269-2100|
|Bahia Resort Hotel / Catamaran Hotel||San Diego CA||858-488-0551|
|Lodge at Torrey Pines Main||San Diego CA||858-453-4420|
|Waypoint Public||San Diego CA||619-255-8778|
|D Bar SoCal||San Diego CA||619-632-7644|
|Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar||San Diego CA||619-295-6000|
|The Craftsman New American Tavern||Encinitas CA||760-415-2380|
|Dolce Pane & Vino||Del Mar CA||858-832-1518|
|Miho Gastrotruck||San Diego CA||619-867-4295|
|Leroy's Kitchen & Lounge||Coronado CA||619-522-6890|
|Cody's at the Cove||San Diego CA||858-459-0040|
|Tender Greens-Broadway||San Diego CA||619-807-1394|
|Prepkitchen La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-875-7737|
|Marine Room||San Diego CA||858-551-4676|
|Belmont Park Entertainment||San Diego CA||858-228-9283|
|Juniper & Ivy||San Diego CA||858-481-3666|
|Herringbone||La Jolla CA||858-459-0221|
|Hotel La Jolla & CUSP||La Jolla CA||858-459-0261|
|Don Chido||San Diego CA||716-316-8374|
|La Villa||San Diego CA||619-255-5221|
|Catamaran||San Diego CA||858-488-1081|
|Cafe Chloe||San Diego CA||619-232-3242|
|Root Cellar Catering Co.||San Diego CA||760-846-2092|
|Cowboy Star||San Diego CA||619-450-5880|
|Hotel Del Coronado Banquets||Coronado CA||619-435-6611|
|Lauberge Del Mar||Del Mar CA||858-259-1515|
|Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria||Encinitas CA||760-634-7671|
|Brooklyn Girl||San Diego CA||619-296-4600|
|Eddie V's La Jolla||San Diego CA||858-459-5500|
|La Costa Resort & Spa||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Bahia Resort Hotel||San Diego CA||858-488-0551|
|Tom Hams Light House||San Diego CA||619-291-9110|
|Tender Greens-UTC||San Diego CA||858-455-9395|
|Golden Door||San Marcos CA||760-761-4142|
|Marriott Marquis & Marina San Diego||San Diego CA||619-234-1500 x6113|
|Blue Ribbon Hillcrest Rustic Kitchen||San Diego CA||760-415-2380|
|Crush||Solana Beach CA||858-481-2787|
|Stingaree||San Diego CA||619-544-0867|
|Waters Catering||San Diego CA||619-276-8803 ex 4|
|The Bristol Hotel||San Diego CA||877-784-6835|
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Castro Farmers' Market
Near San Francisco, California, United States
About 333 days ago, 8/28/13
Spotter's comments : Green Gem Lettuce spotted at Castro Farmers' Market. These are baby green gems, sweet & crunchy. Organic from Happy Boy Farms, perfect addition to my salad.
Produce Junction Near Colmar, Pennsylvania, United States
About 395 days ago, 6/28/13