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Lactuca sativa var. longifolia lam.
Red romaine lettuce is the best of both worlds: decorative leaves with their pretty reddish or purplish tops but also a crunchy and healthy snack alternative. So ditch your chips and dip these leaves into your salsa. Botanically speaking this plant is a lettuce but from its looks this type of salad resembles corn salad, making it a great counterpart to it.
Its taste is a bit more intense than that of classic types of lettuce and was supposedly already well known in ancient Egypt around 4000 years ago.
Beta-carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts to vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, Potassium, Magnesium, you name it, this plant has it. The red or purple color is a result of anthocyanins, which are a valuable flavonoid phytochemical, an antioxidant. Eating your salads regularly helps you a lot with staying healthy!
Time to first harvest in Herbert: 5-6 weeks
Traditional farming: 10-12 weeks