Alluring Lettuces

Alluring Lettuces

by Jack Staub

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Alluring Lettuces by Jack Staub

Seventy-five unusual and eminently beautiful vegetables are profiled in this charming book by expert gardener and garden designer Jack Staub. Within these pages, you’ll discover produce not likely found at the supermarket, including the Asparagus Bean, Chinese Rat Tail Radish, Green Zebra Tomato, and Turkish Orange Eggplant. Staub presents the charming history and lore surrounding the plants as well as instructions for growing them outdoors or indoors in containers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423616610
Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Jack Staub is one of the country's leading experts on fruit and vegetable gardening. He frequently lectures on the subject, and his articles have appeared in numerous magazines and print publications, including Country Living, Fine Gardening, and The New York Times. He is also a featured guest on NPR. You can learn more about Jack and Hortulus Farms at http://hortulusfarmdiary.blogspot.com.

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Lettuce is another ancient vegetable family that, while permuting into a thousand variations on a theme, has at the same time remained extremely close to its wild roots. A relative of chicory, the Lactuca sativa family is a descendant of the bitter wild lettuce (Lactuca scariola) native to Asia Minor and the trans-Caucasus. The milder, more refined var. sativa is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region, but has been found growing as far afield as Europe, Africa, and the Near East since recorded time. Both the common and Latin names of lettuce have their roots in one of its most prominent characteristics: the milky, mildly soporific juice it releases when cut or bruised. The word lettuce derives from the French laitue, meaning "milky," and this genus's Latin name Lactuca comes from the Latin word for milk.

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

1. Amaranth 'Joseph's Coat' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

2. Artihoke 'Violetto di Romagna' . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

3. Aparagus Bean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

4. Aparagus Pea . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

5. Auyralian Yellowleaf Lettuce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

6. Broccoli 'Romanesco' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

7. Brussels Sprout 'Rubine' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

8. Bull's Blood Beet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

9. Cabbage 'Ruby Perfecion' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

10. Cabbage 'Savoy Express' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

11. Cardoon 'Gigante' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

12. Carrot 'Thumbelina' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

13. Cauliflower 'Violetta di Sicilia' . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

14. Cayenne Pepper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

15. Celeriac . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

16. Chard 'Bright Lights' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

17. Chinese Rat Tail Radiv . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

18. Chiogga Beet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

19. Crimson Forey Onion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

20. d'Algers Melon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

21. Dragon Tongue Buv Bean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

22. Dwarf Blue Curled Scotch Kale . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74

23. Early Purple Vienna Kohlrabi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

24. Eggplant 'Neon' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80

25. Egyptian Walking Onion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

26. Elberta Peach Tomato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86

27. Fish Pepper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

28. 'German Red Strawberry' Tomato . . . . . . . . . . 92

29. Giant Chinese Red Muyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

30. Giant Red Celery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

31. Golden Sweet Edible-Podded Pea . . . . . . . . . . .102

32. Green Zebra Tomato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .104

33. Habañero Pepper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107

34. Hillbilly Tomato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

35. Imperial Star Artihoke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .114

36. Jarrahdale Pumpkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116

37. Kale Nero di Toscana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

38. Leek 'Blue Solaise' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122

39. Lemon Drop Pepper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126

40. Lettuce 'Forellenshluss' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

41. Lollo Rossa Lettuce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

42. Malabar Spinah . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

43. Melon 'Queen Anne's Podet' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

44. Merlot Lettuce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140

45. Mizuna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .144

46. Nutri-Red Carrot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146

47. Okra 'Red Burgundy' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .149

48. Orah'Crimson Plume' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152

49. Oyerei Eggplant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156

50. Painted Serpent Cucumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

51. Prescott Fond Blanc Melon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162

52. Pumpkin 'Baby Boo' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .164

53. Purple Calabav Tomato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .167

54. Purple Sprouting Broccoli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170

55. Radiv 'Misato Rose' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174

56. Redbor Kale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176

57. Rhubarb Chard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179

58. Royal Oakleaf Lettuce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

59. Runner Bean 'Painted Lady' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186

60. Runner Bean 'Sun Bright' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188

61. Sea Kale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191

62. Sorrel 'Silver Shield' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .194

63. Squav 'Ronde de Nice' . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .197

64. Sunburst Squav . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200

65. Sweet Million Tomato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .204

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Alluring Lettuces: And Other Seductive Vegetables for Your Garden 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Thank you kind worrior." She mewed and layed down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A misty gey tom padded in quietly
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curls around Fatekit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All may join!!! She smiled at the kits.