Iceberg Head Lettuce
Iceberg Head Lettuce
Crisphead or Head Lettuce
82 days — 'Iceberg' is a very old crisphead-type lettuce variety. Prototypical recipes for the classic wedge salad popularized in the 1940s and 1950s began to appear in cookbooks as early as the mid-1910s. By the 1970s, however, the choice of iceberg lettuce was waning in favor tossed green salads made of leaf lettuce varieties, as well as other salad-type greens. Its heads are fine flavored, medium sized, light green with a tinge of brown in color, tightly folded, and crinkled. In many cases, the exterior or wrapper leaves can be eaten, but it is 'Iceberg' lettuce's signature crisp, blanched white interiors that are generally desired.
Sowing: Prepare the seedbed outdoors using a hard tined rake, smoothening out the soil. Lightly sow and just barely cover the seeds with soil. Keep soil moist until germination is achieved. You can also start seeds indoors by sowing into seed starting trays using fresh new seed starting potting mix into clean seed starting trays. Just barely cover the seeds and keep well watered until they sprout. Harden off and transplant into the garden after about 3 weeks. Although the name or description of this variety refers to a modern company's name, the seed we are offering is in no way sourced from, "owned by" or connected with that company. The name is simply the historically accurate, common name for the variety giving credit to the seedsmen that originally released it. Informational References:
- "Burpee's Farm Annual for 1893," W. Atlee Burpee & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- "Burpee's Farm Annual for 1900," W. Atlee Burpee & Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- "American Varieties of Lettuce," by Tracy, William Woodbridge, United States Bureau of Plant Industry, Volume no. 69, pages 52-53 , December 23, 1904.
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