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Tango Leaf Lettuce

Tango Leaf Lettuce

Leaf Lettuce

$ 2.79

(Lactuca sativa) Loose-leaf lettuce produces clumps of vibrantly colored, chartreuse leaves with deeply cut, wavy margins. Tango is my absolute favorite lettuce. The beautiful, curled leaves have unique tangy flavor and they do a lovely job carrying a vinaigrette while staying light and fluffy (unlike some other gourmet lettuces which seem to collapse once you add dressing.) Last year, a few of our plants dropped seed before we could get them and consequently we were blessed with a fall crop of baby tango. Just before the first frost, I crawled around harvesting little clumps of tango and then mixed them with some freshly sprouted dill leaves (also volunteers). The resulting salad was among the best I've ever made and I didn't have to do a thing besides harvest it. Next year, I'm going to try planting them in my cold frame. They showed good cold tolerance out in the open and I suspect it could be stretched significantly with just a little shelter. 45 days to harvest. 150 seeds/pkt.

CULTURE: After danger of frost has passed, sow seeds 4-6" apart, 1/8" deep in rows 18-24" apart. Under ideal conditions, germination will occur in 2-14 days.  For best yield, harvest by cutting individual leaves from the plant, leaving the growing tip intact.

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