Tennis Ball Lettuce (Heirloom, 50 Days ) When it comes to heirloom lettuce, this is one of the oldest varieties cultivated in the country. Grown at Monticello during Thomas Jefferson’s time, and one of the most popular at the turn of the century.
Small rosettes of light green leaves measure only 7" in diameter and form loose tender heads. Grown by Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. According to Heirloom Vegetable Gardening by SSE member William Woys Weaver, tennis ball lettuces were often pickled in salt brine during the 17th and 18th centuries. Black-seeded. Butterhead, 50 days.
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Tennis Ball Lettuce. 55 days. Rather loose heads are petite, 4-6 inches in diameter, Bibb or Butterhead type. This variety is documented to have been grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson, who noted: “it does not require so much care and attention” as other types.
Tennis Ball Lettuce (lactuca sativa) is distinctive for its delicate, pale-green leaves, which form a loose head. The parent of our modern Boston race of lettuces so popular today, this black-seeded variety was first sold by American seedsmen late in the 18th century.
In the 17th & 18th centuries, tennis ball lettuce was frequently pickled in salt brines as a means of preserving, and then served as a side dish.
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Tennis Ball Butterhead Lettuce. 45-50 days. Tennis Ball dates back to the 1700s in America, and Thomas Jefferson praised it, saying “it does not require so much care and attention” as other Lettuces. It forms compact but loose, tender heads up to 7" across and its buttery and flavorful, pale green leaves hide a yellow-green heart.
The nutrients in Tennis Ball lettuce provide multiple health benefits: Vitamin C Calcium Vitamin K Vitamin A Folate Phosphorus Magnesium Potassium Vitamin B
Tennis Ball Lettuce Lactuca sativa. A popular lettuce with a long history dating back as early as the 17th century. This variety yields small (to 7"), but loose heads of butterhead type leaves.
Tennis Ball Lettuce. #02587. Questions? Call 1-800-342-9461. This heirloom is documented as being grown at Monticello by Thomas Jefferson! The original black-seeded strain that we are offering was one of the most popular lettuces in the early 1900s, but is now very hard to find.