“Everyone that has tried it says it’s the best,” wrote Ella Jebousek of this deer- tongued lettuce in 1987. And we agree—it was a favorite in our 2015 taste test. Compact plants form rosettes of dark green, triangular leaves, which grow 7-9″ long and 4-5″ wide. Ella, of Brooks, Oregon, received this variety from a descendant of the family who brought it from Czechoslovakia. Black seeded. Looseleaf, 40-50 days.
Seed with a story:
Preservation & Perseverance Ella received this lettuce from an individual whose grandfather bought it from Czechoslovakia. While the details of that family story are now lost, Ella was determined to preserve this variety and gave lettuce seeds to as many people as she could. We’ve named this lettuce after Ella, to honor her role as a seed steward.
Seed Savers Exchange is honored to bring this variety out of our bank and into the hands of gardeners.