Lactuca sativa var. longifolia ‘Lobjoit’s Green’ | ‘Lettuce’ | ~100 seeds
Also known as the ‘Lobjoits’ and ‘Lobjoit’s Green Cos’, ‘Lobjoit’s Green’ is an excellent, crunchy lettuce (Lactuca sativa) cultivar. This variety is classified as a ‘Cos’ (UK) or ‘Romaine’ (USA) lettuce, Lactuca sativa var. longifolia, which grows taller (to ~45 centimetres or so) and more upright than most other forms. Also known as ‘Roman Lettuce’, it’s also a darker green colour and more heat resistant than many other types of lettuce and has been eaten since at least the times of the Egyptians and of the Roman empire.
Not only is lettuce a fundamental component of leafy salads around the world (being especially used to make ‘Caesar Salad’, for example), but it’s also long been associated with sex, for some reason. For example, the ancient Egyptians used the plant as both a symbol of sexual prowess and to encourage fertility, the Romans believed it to increase potency and the Greeks associated it with impotency and death (often eating it at funerals). Hundreds of years later, during the 19th Century, many English women believed lettuce consumption to lead to infertility and sterility!
Moreover, various cultures have maintained that eating lettuce was a good treatment for ailments including aches and pains, cancer, coughs, insanity, rheumatism, smallpox, stress and typhoid – although so far no scientific basis for any of these claims has been published. The plant is eaten as part of the Jewish Passover Seder too, as the “bitter herb” of the ritual.
Rather easy to cultivate, sow lettuce seeds approximately thirty centimetres apart in a mildly-acidic to mildly alkaline soil – preferably somewhere in full sun. Lightly cover the seeds with a fine layer of soil and aim for an ideal germination temperature of between 5-15 °C. The species will grow anywhere from USDA Hardiness Zones 2-11.
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