With careful selection of lettuce varieties and the use of cloches or garden fleece in areas with cold winters, most people can have lettuce all year round.
Sow seeds direct or in punnets.
- Spring - summer in sub arctic areas and those with cold winters
- In all other areas, you should be able to sow lettuce all year round by selecting a range of varieties
Leaves can usually be picked between 8 and 12 weeks after germination.
Lettuce is mostly eaten raw in salads but it can be used in soup or braised.
High levels of vitamin K are found in dark green and red varieties of lettuce. All varieties also contain good levels of A, C and many B vitamins including folic acid. Lettuce contains some zeaxanthin, which prevents macular degeneration. Lettuce is also a good source of fibre and a variety of minerals, particularly manganese.
- In a plastic bag in the fridge