Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson
Lettuce Black Seeded Simpson is one of my daughters preferred lettuce types due to its large lime green like leaves that are crunchy but tender. It performs well as the weather warms and is a fast growing loose leaf lettuce. An heirloom from the 1850’s, this lettuce is a good all rounder.
Sow – Sept to April (cool climate).
Spacing – 20cm between plants, 30cm rows.
Lettuce was originally farmed by the ancient Egyptians, who transformed it from a plant whose seeds were used to create oil into an important food crop raised for its succulent leaves and oil-rich seeds. Lettuce spread to the Greeks and Romans; the latter gave it the name lactuca, from which the English lettuce is derived.
By 50 AD, many types were described, and lettuce appeared often in medieval writings, including several herbals. The 16th through 18th centuries saw the development of many varieties in Europe, and by the mid-18th century cultivars were described that can still be found in gardens.
Germination: Optimal Soil temperature is 18 to 22 C (around 7 to 10 days to germination)
- approx 650 seed per gram