I had a green by that name at Fountain Court tonight. It was good. Does this go by any other name? Is it related to asparagus?
Looking on the web it's more common name is celtuse. Besides being called asapargus lettuce it is also called stem lettuce and Chinese Lettuce.
The name celtuce does not mean it is a cross between Celery and Lettuce.
It is just a variety of Lettuce grown for its romaine-like foliage and mainly for its thick, edible stem. The stem grows 6 to 8 inches long and about 1½ inches in diameter.
The stems can be cooked like broccoli and supposedly taste like a cross between a mild summer squash and an artichoke. The leaves can be used for salad.
Here's more info and a picture of the veggie below. Has anyone here used these in cooking and how? I haven't noticed these anywhere locally, but then again, I wasn't looking. I probably won't be able to walk down the street now without seeing them somewhere.
The link below says it is used in Chinese cooking. Are there any restaurants that serve this besides the one mentioned?
re: Stanley Stephan
Chinese don't usually cook the foliage. They're usually found in the markets decapitated. Several places in Chinatown on Stockton St. sell them. My wife shaved them in shreds and very lightly stir-fries then mildly seasoned. It makes a great cold dish (sometimes served at Shanghainese restaurants).