(Lactuca sativa) We originally never gave the French classic ‘Marvel of Four Seasons’ much of a second thought. We have a tendency to focus our attention on the rare or the outliers, and Marvel felt boring in its “commonness”: found in practically every catalog, not extraordinary in color or size or shape. On a whim, after hearing from a commercial grower whom we admire that it was their favorite lettuce, we grew a large plot of it and are thankful we did! It now ranks among the very favorites of our good-sized collection of lettuce varieties. A savoyed French butterhead with bright red contrasted against dark green leaves, it's picture-perfect with beautifully proportioned heads. Delightfully substantial and crisp in a salad from its colorful outer leaves to its blanched and tightly wrapped core and with the added benefit of harvest over an extended season and into the winter in more mild areas. I suppose some varieties become popular for a reason… Highly recommended.
50-60 days. UO
Packet: 1g (~800 seeds)