CELTUCE LETTUCE ON A STICK – NEVER BEND DOWN TO PICK LETTUCE LEAVES AGAIN! EAT THE WHOLE THING! PLANT AUTUMN, SPRING AND SUMMER! $2.20 $1.20

– CELTUCE – A MUTANT VEGETABLE THAT IS EASY TO GROW AND DELICIOUS TO EAT! RARE AND NEVER FOUND IN COLES OR WOOLIES WHICH IS WHY EVERY SERIOUS VEGGIE ENTHUSIAST SHOULD GIVE IT A TRY! LETTUCE AND STALK IS DELICIOUS! FAST GROWER!

Description
Ever shopped at a Chinese market and seen a strange, rough-skinned root-looking vegetable with a few weak leaves of lettuce on top? That’s celtuce, and you should make friends with it!

Celtuce goes by many names, some of which contain the word “lettuce,” which makes sense, as it is indeed a variety of lettuce. You might see it advertised as “stem lettuce,” “asparagus lettuce,” or “celery lettuce,” or, at Chinese grocery stores, as wosun.

Celtuce is one of the easiest and tastiest vegetables to use that you’ll find anywhere. It is a form of lettuce grown primarily for its thick stem, which looks not totally unlike a broccoli’s stalk, except even larger and gnarlier.
The stem of the celtuce should be peeled of its tough exterior (this is not very hard; you can use a peeler or a knife), revealing an interior that’s surprisingly crisp, delicate, and mild.
This interior can be eaten raw or cooked; it is fantastically versatile, tending to retain its Water-chestnut-like crispness whether pickled, grilled, roasted, or stir-fried.
Raw is my favourite way to eat it. The flavour is mild but nutty, with an almost smoky aftertaste that can be surprising given its pale green colour. It is excellent in salads, sliced thinly to take the place of any other crunchy vegetable, like radish or cucumber or carrot.

It can be spiralized to make a crispy noodle-like thing, or stir-fried quickly to impart flavours. And it doesn’t only take to Chinese flavours; it plays very nicely with Mediterranean flavours like walnuts, lemon, and olive oil.
Celtuce is a scary-looking thing, but its flavour and texture are anything but!

Grow Notes
Plant in full or part sun in well-drained soil. Keep plants well-watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth.

Sow
Plant seeds direct or raise seedlings in Summer, Autumn and Spring at 6mm depth with 30cm between plants and 50cm between rows.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
3-7 days at 4-22°C

Maturity
90 days.

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