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Lettuce

LIGHT REFRESHING AND CLEANSING

Misticanza is the  Italian name  for a variety of different leaves and many are suitable for year-round planting and harvesting like Quattro Stagioni,Di Lattughe and Di Radicchi.Spring and Autumn is good for Valeriana Verte De Cambrai,( Lambs lettuce)Arugula (rocket) Romana Bionda degli Ortoloni (Cos) Winter leaves include Passion di Brune, Parella Rossa, Testa di Burro D'Inverno Summer tends to like Lingua Di Canarino ( green oak leaf) Rosso di Trento, Maravilla de Verano Canasta.

Pick a cooler position and water well and they will be green and tender. When picked young although softer the flavour is well defined.Avoid overwhelming  first picked tender leaves with  astringent vinegar dressings instead opt for soft fresh olive oil and season with salt and pepper

Many listed below are also suitable for year-round growing

Lettuce (lattuga)Romana Bionda Lentissima a Montare DBO84/13

Lettuce (lattuga)Romana Bionda Lentissima a Montare DBO84/13

A wonderful upright romaine lettuce(baby cos)  that is resistant to high temps making it slow to bolt.The lettuce has light green ribbed  soft tasty leaves.  This variety is often used in  a classic Caesar salad. 8g packet (lots of seeds)
Lattuga Romana Bionda Lentissima a Montare DBO 84/13
NZD $7.50




lambs Lettuce ( Valeriana) D' Olanda A Seme Grosso DBO 140/3

lambs Lettuce ( Valeriana) D' Olanda A Seme Grosso DBO 140/3

A Dutch variety which has a larger leaf than Cambrai. The larger fatter  leaf is more a pale green shade, soft with a tender texture. Great flavour and very good cold resistance. One of the best tasting greens. 5 gram pkt
Lambs Lettuce (valeriana) D'Orlanda A Seme Grosso DBO 140/3
NZD $7.50

Lambs Lettuce (Valeriana )Verte De Cambrai DBO 140/6

Lambs Lettuce (Valeriana )Verte De Cambrai DBO 140/6

  Also known as lambs lettuce. Large round green leaves with a smallish head. A good spring lettuce that will go to seed in hot temperatures. A mild tasting lettuce with a hint of nuttiness. This variety has very good cold resistance. 5 grams
Valeriana Verte de Cambrai DBO140/6
NZD $7.50

Lettuce  ( Lattuga) Degli Ortolani DBO84/4

Lettuce ( Lattuga) Degli Ortolani DBO84/4

Romaine lettuce (also referred to as Cos) with tall large tight head and dark green crunchy leaves packed into a cylindrical shape. Grow from seedlings or direct 20cm apart. This is the lettuce for Caesar salads. Does best in winter and spring. Around 65 days to picking. 9g approx. 5000 seeds.
Lattuga Romana DBO84/4
NZD $7.50


Lettuce  (Lattuga) Testa Di Burro D'Inverno DBO79/8

Lettuce (Lattuga) Testa Di Burro D'Inverno DBO79/8

Lattuga Testa Di Burro D'Inverno is a Italian winter butterhead lettuce. An early variety that is recommended for autumn/winter harvest. The head is slightly closed but not tightly wrapped and has soft melt in the mouth leaves. 10g approx 6400seeds
Lattuga Burro D Inverno DBO 79/8
NZD $7.50

Lettuce  Misticanza Di Lattughe DBO93/1

Lettuce Misticanza Di Lattughe DBO93/1

14 lettuce,including,lettuces 4 seasons,romaine,verona, rosso trento. A mix of varieties for an evenly balanced salad mix. Broadcast Seed about 20cm apart on a smooth well-prepared bed and cover with soil. Ready in around 35 days. New plantings every few weeks for continuous harvest. A cut and come again mixture. 12g approx 7000 seeds.
Misticanza Lattughe DBO93/1
NZD $7.50

Lettuce ( Lattuga)  La Resistente Sel. "Franchi" DBOS 79/18

Lettuce ( Lattuga) La Resistente Sel. "Franchi" DBOS 79/18

Selezione Speciale A very resilient lettuce developed by Franchi. It has soft vivid green leaves;  a very flavoursome crisp lettuce which is slow to bolt. 5g approx 3000 seeds
Selezione Speciale La Resistente
NZD $8.30


Lettuce ( Lattuga) Lingua di Canarino DBO78/19

Lettuce ( Lattuga) Lingua di Canarino DBO78/19

“Canarys tongue” An oak leafed green-headed variety. Oak leaf has a dense, dark green head of tender crisp serrated leaves. Suitable for spring, summer and autumn planting. Grows really well in cooler provinces of NZ. 8g approx 4500 seeds.
Lattuga Lingua di Canarino DBO 78/19DBO78/19
NZD $7.50

Lettuce (Lattuga )Maravilla de Verano Canasta DBO 79/72

Lettuce (Lattuga )Maravilla de Verano Canasta DBO 79/72

  A Spanish variety grown widely  throughout  Italy. Mid/late,green with scarlet edging and a good size head.A very tasty crunchy lettuce. 6g packet
Lattuga Maravilla Canasta 79/72
NZD $7.50

Lettuce (Lattuga )Passion Brune DBO 79/31

Lettuce (Lattuga )Passion Brune DBO 79/31

Introduced in 1855  Passion Brune winter butterhead lettuce is a vigourous plant that has a good firm head and crisp green blistered leaves tinged in burgundy. Cold hardy and can be harvested until late autumn. We have noticed this lettuce  has slow germination  but worth hanging in for a great lettuce. 6g packet            
Lattuga Passion Brune 79/31
NZD $7.50


Lettuce (Lattuga )Regina Delle Ghiacciole DBO 86/8

Lettuce (Lattuga )Regina Delle Ghiacciole DBO 86/8

"Queen of the Ice"  A high- quality iceberg lettuce with wonderful crisp flavoured leaves. High resistance to bolting and ready to pick in about 70 days.  Flavour -wise this old  fashioned heading lettuce is unlike any supermarket iceberg available. 10g pkt  
Lattuga Regina Delle Ghiacciole DBO 86/8
NZD $7.50

Misticanza (mixture) Quattro Stagioni DBO 93/4

Misticanza (mixture) Quattro Stagioni DBO 93/4

(Four Seasons) A mixture of 14 of Italy's finest including,radicchio,endive, green chicory  romaine, 4 seasons  and verona lettuce leaves. Adds colour,flavour and texture for great salads. Cut and come again salad mixture so stagger sowing for continuous harvest. Note the seed count! 12g approx 7000 seeds
Misticanza Quattro Stagioni i DBO93/4
NZD $7.50

Lettuce (Lattuga) Little Gem DBO 79/35

Lettuce (Lattuga) Little Gem DBO 79/35

  Little gem is a compact quick maturing baby cos lettuce. Has a small, firm sweet heart and the leaves are small enough to eat whole. Subtly sweet flavour. This partcular little gem has been popular in Italy for over a 100 years. 8 gram packet 1000's of seeds
Lattuga Little Gem DBO 79/35
NZD $7.50