Little Gem Cos Lettuce
'Little Gem' Cos lettuce.

Little Gem Cos Lettuce

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Little Gem
Cos or Romaine-type

65 days — 'Little Gem', also known as 'Sutton's Little Gem Cos' or 'Little Gem Cos', is an old lettuce variety that seems to have the seed trade in the U.S. perpetually confused as to how to categorize it. In the U.K., they call it a semi-Cos type. The confusion arises because even though it is a small, Cos or Romaine type of lettuce, it looks like a tiny butterhead when it is growing.

'Little Gem' lettuce is relatively heat tolerant, with small, about five inches across, bright green heads, crisp, crunchy hearts, and an excellent flavor. We are still working on fleshing out its history, but it started appearing in seed catalogs in the United States in the very early years of the twentieth century.[2,3] One source states that it was developed by Vilmorin-Andrieux Seed Company and introduced by "Burpee Gardens" in 1880.[1] We have looked through W. Atlee Burpee seed catalogs, as well as Vilmorin publications from that period, and cannot substantiate this latter claim. Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 500 to 600 seeds.
Excellent choice
I grew this all season, from April until October. It was very tasty in every stage of growth. Kept my family and friends well fed. I even had one plant bolt (it was an amazing sight, it grew 6 inches almost overnight) I wanted to let it go so I could see lettuce flower, but it toppled over from its own weight. Even the bolted plant was delicous!
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Reviewed by:  from Buffalo, NY. on 11/28/2011
My favorite lettuce
This is great lettuce. The leaves are soft and flavorful, and even the white centers are great. The leaves tend to be thick and wavy which gives a salad lots of "body". Pairs great with a romaine lettuce in a tossed salad.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Estacada, OR. on 7/22/2018
Little Gem lives up to its name!
I tried out this lettuce for the first time this year and I'm ordering more! The lettuce looks like green roses in the garden-very pretty! The flavor is wonderful. No salad dressing necessary; the lettuce is crispy and tasty!
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Hillsboro, OR. on 8/25/2013
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