"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. 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.
- 40-50 days
- From the Collection
Ratings & Reviews
Great Tasting Green Lettuce
We planted this lettuce next to the Lolla Rossa lettuce (which we love) and it has done very well. It was very tasty and sweet when we first started picking it. One of the best tasting lettuces I have grown. Now in mid-June it is still producing and still tastes good, but not quite as sweet as it was two or three weeks ago. This is a good lettuce variety that I recommend.