Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce

Organic Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce Seeds

Tender oak-leaf for spring and fall

Lactuca sativa
A lettuce with leaves that lick the sky
All deer love lettuce, but the shape of these leaves suggests upturned deer tongues greeting you in the garden. A cut-and-come-again type. A Slow Food Ark of Taste variety.
Product ID# LE0207 , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 5 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 50 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 12 inches
Height at Maturity 10 inches
Width at Maturity 10 inches
Detailed Product Info

Actually, all deer love lettuce, but this lettuce happens to look like a deer tongue with its thick, long pointed leaves. Deer Tongue dates back to the early 1740s with over 100 years in the Northeast. This cut and come again oak leaf lettuce has been cultivated to have a robust compact habit, good production, and both heat and cold tolerances. Deer Tongue is part of Slow Foods US Ark of Taste, a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates.

Growing Instructions

Sow indoors beginning 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow beginning about 4 weeks before last frost. Harvest late spring and summer sowings promptly to beat bolting. Continue sowing until about 2 weeks before first fall frost. Lettuce likes steady (but not excessive) moisture and can become prematurely bitter during dry spells; keep irrigated for best-tasting leaves.