If you read my post of June 28 you know I picked an enormous amount of lettuce that day — in already hot weather — in anticipation of even hotter weather and higher temperatures.
It didn’t take but two days into the hotter and higher temps for the leaves of the already bolted lettuce in the garden to start looking really bad. (By bad — I mean dull, bitter and uneatable.) And it didn’t take but about 3 salads and 3 lunches with lettuce for me to start worrying about how and when I was going to be able to get more lettuce.
I usually wait for a rain that breaks the drought or hot spell to literally change some of the lettuce leaves back into ones that are eatable. The forecast didn’t look to promising. So I decided to push the envelope and find out what was possible and what wasn’t.
Yesterday’s temperature reached over 100 degrees. About 7PM when shade fell on the garden, I went out optimistically with a large bowl of water to see if I could find something that looked eatable. It was a real search, but I managed to find a bowl full of lettuce leaves that still had a bit of shine to them. (I described what to look for in my last post.)
I let it stay in the bowl of water overnight in the refrigerator. (Water and cool temperatures perform miracles with lettuce.) Then dried it.
The big test came today at lunch. I used 1/3 of what I had harvested. Drizzled with oil and vinegar. Used it to top off our pita pocket filled with advocado, white sweet onion, grated carrot and chopped radishes (also drizzled with olive oil and vinegar).
The forecast for the next few days calls for rain! I sure hope we get it. If it rains, you can picture me in my garden searching for more lettuce. 🙂
Other Posts on Lettuce:
Lettuce – Secrets to Getting Eatable Lettuce Well into Summer
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