Looking at AppleStar's vegetable garden start for the 2018 season made me do a little thinking.
I thought that hers were interesting names for lettuce varieties but looking around online I came across: Outredgeous, King Kong, Mascara, and Drunken Woman ... Drunken Woman??
What a proliferation of varieties! I wonder how we got here, with so many choices for a tender, short-season leafy green. I haven't even gotten to Trout's Back but lettuce in this arid climate isn't all that easy to grow.
"Wilted Lettuce" is a favorite and I have almost more of an interest in preparing that for the table than a salad. I was pleased to find escarole in recent years. Yes, I know that's not a lettuce but "wilted lettuce" brings it to mind. Here's what West Coast Seeds says "...called chicorée frisée in French ... frisée also refers to a technique in which greens are lightly wilted with oil. Escarole or broad-leaved, endive (var latifolia) has broad, pale green leaves and is less bitter than the other varieties."
Here I have all these lettuce seed choices and I'm immediately thinking of alternatives .