This is a type of lettuce that is grown for its crisp, thick stem rather than the leaves. Celtuce leaves are a bit bitter so I just throw them away. Cut them when the plant is around 50cm tall and about 4-5 cm across. Pull off the leaves and peel before eating.
This is a vegetable that is really very underrated - mostly because so few people know about it. I love it.
When to sow: Spring or autumn
Plant Type: Tall
Uses: Peel the stem, chop, and eat raw. In Asia it is usually stir fried.
Growing Conditions: Grow in good, well matured soil. Water regularly in dry weather.
Pests and Diseases: Occasional aphids
Special Qualities: The flavour is hard to describe but I find it addictive. I can eat a bowl full in front of the TV.