An heirloom gardener's favorite: 6-8 inch tall, fat little rosettes of juicy-sweet, wavy leaves that look like plump mini romaines. Fast to grow for long harvests of ready-to-eat salads.
Use these little beauties in containers or as an edible garden accent or border. Or transplant seedlings around edges of a big pot holding a young tomato or pepper plant, then harvest when the bigger plants need the space. Savor young thinnings in your first spring salads. Harvest mature little heads when they are solid and well-filled out. Pull over-mature plants if they begin to elongate (“bolt”) in hot weather.