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Romaine Lettuce for salad gardens

Mini-romaine butter lettuce is a unique variety of lettice being sold in seed catalogs and seed racks. The delicious Baby Star variety is as attractive as it is delicious.

The heads look something like a butterhead lettuce from a top down view, but this is actually a miniature Romaine lettuce. It has a crispy texture and nutritional value that you would expect from a lettuce of this dark green color. The leaves of Baby Star are dark green and shiny, very inviting in salads and a perfect size for sandwiches or hamburgers. They are smaller than regular Romaine leaves and quite crispy and sweet.

Baby Star lettuce offers gardeners many beneficial vitamins and minerals including beta-carotene, vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, potassium and iron. The leaves contain anti-oxidants that work to prevent damage caused by free radicals, thus helping to protect the body against certain diseases. Baby Star is low in calories, high in fiber and contains bioflavonoids. The darker green leaf color simply highlights the fact that this lettuce is a good chocie to grow if you're a health conscious gardener.

Baby Star was developed in Europe but is well adapted to growing conditions in North America -- east, west, north and south. It is a fine variety to grow in home gardens where growing conditions may not be perfect.

Plants grow 4 to 5 inches tall, and the small Romaine heads are ready to cut about 65 days after plants emerge in the garden from direct seeding.

For the gourmet gardener there is a little surprise inside the rounded outer leaves. Once the exterior leaves are removed, a delicate inner romaine heart can be found nestled in the middle. It is a wonderful treat, complimenting the sweet, delicate flavor of the outer leaves. this lettuce is for the discerning salad connoisseurs and gardeners who love to grow the latest gourmet varieties.

Some sources of Baby Star Romaine lettuce seeds for growing in your home garden include:
Burpee W. Atlee
Henry Field's Seed and Nursery Co.
Park Seed
Nichols Garden Nursery
Tomato Growers Supply
Mountain Valley Seed
Garden Trends
West Coast Seed
Allen Sterling & Lothrop
Wilhite Seed Co
Gurney's Seed & Nursery Co.


Savoring the flavor of fresh salads are superceded only by savoring the beauty of color, texture and design of each fascinating plant that graces a salad bowl!


Think crayola colors! Green. Brown. Gold. Yellow. Red. Blue. Dark colors in fruits and vegetables indicate the best nutritional value. Learn how to choose quality nutritional value and you'll reduce health care costs...right?


Variety is a great way to add the "multi-vitamin" approach to nutritional balance. Salads are a smart choice that deliver raw food, vegetables, low-calories, and of course, the appeal of great taste.


What WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.

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