Latin name: Lactuca sativa var. “Buttercrunch”
🌱 Days to Sprout: 7-10
✂️ Thin to: 1 plant per yCube
🍅 Days to Maturity: 46
💡 Light Zone: Moderate
📏 Plant Size: 1 ft
💚 Care Level: Beginner
Butter lettuces are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean. This variety is considered an heirloom while other modern varieties are hybrids of the original lettuces. The most common butter lettuces are Bibb and Boston lettuce.
Buttercrunch boasts a firm, crunchy texture with a mild, faintly sweet flavor. Lettuces are particularly high in vitamin A and Potassium, which supports blood pressure, cardiovascular health, bone strength, and muscle strength.
Mix Buttercrunch into any salad to add depth and texture, or use on sandwiches and burgers for a tasty crunch.
Care & Harvest
💡Temperature: Lettuce prefers cooler temperatures (60-70°F). If placed in higher temperatures, it can turn bitter and bolt.
🥬 Harvest: For ongoing harvest, snip the outer leaves just above the base of the plant once they reach 4 inches tall to let the inner leaves continue to grow. Leave 1/3 of the plant if you want it to keep growing. To harvest the full head, wait until it reaches maturity, then harvest from the base.
Harvest To Plate Recipe
Buttercrunch Salad with Citrus Honey Vinaigrette
Photo / Recipe Source: Panning the Globe
For the Dressing
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons lemon juice, plus the zest of 1 lemon (zest before juicing)
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice, plus the zest of 1 lime (zest before juicing)
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 6 Tablespoons canola oil
For the Salad
- 3 heads Buttercrunch lettuce
- 1/2 cup fresh tarragon leaves, roughly chopped
Make the Dressing:
- Whisk lemon juice and zest, lime juice and zest, honey, and dijon in a small bowl.
- Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly, to emulsify the dressing.
- Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Set aside.
Make the Salad:
- Cut the root end off of the lettuce heads and gently wash and dry the leaves.
- Tear the larger leaves into smaller pieces. Pile leaves into a large bowl.
- Sprinkle in the tarragon and toss it gently with the lettuce.
- Just before serving, toss the salad with just enough dressing to coat. Serve immediately.
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