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Fascinating food blog about re-growing romaine lettuce...........

jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 10:46 AM

I'm going to corner the romaine lettuce market now!! This is pretty crazy anyone have any experience actually doing this? Looks easy enough.


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    kpaxonite RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 10:51 AM

    but the crunchy stem bits are the best part!

    1. pinehurst RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 11:01 AM

      With scallions, yes...not with romaine. Cool!

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        julesrules RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 11:03 AM

        I've seen the same but with celery, outside... didn't occur to me to try inside! It seemed perfect for the way I use celery, which is mostly for leaves/flavour not snacking on actual celery sticks.

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          cheesecake17 RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 11:07 AM

          I've done this with romaine! It's pretty cool. Just change the water often

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            jrvedivici RE: cheesecake17 Apr 17, 2014 11:13 AM

            Excellent! Do tell some more....did you get a full head of romaine? How long did it take?

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              cheesecake17 RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 11:52 AM

              I didn't get a giant head of lettuce, but my daughter was so enthused by it, so we ended up trimming it and eating the leaves every few days.

              The one that I planted in soil never grew, so I ended up sticking with the water method

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                jrvedivici RE: cheesecake17 Apr 17, 2014 12:25 PM

                Did you do it with a store bought head of lettuce, or was it fresh picked from your garden?

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                  cheesecake17 RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 05:25 PM

                  Definitely store bought.
                  I've got a black thumb (and I live in NYC!)

          2. MplsM ary RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 02:01 PM

            This is so cool! I usually chop up three hearts of romaine, wash and bag for salads. When I want lettuce leaves for sandwiches I am always a little bummed out that I don't have any.

            Going to buy some lettuce and dig out my mad scientist gear (complete with lab coat and thick glasses) very soon. Mwahahaha!

            1. hal2010 RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 07:24 PM

              It's how I get my cilantro going every summer. Go buy a bunch for a buck at the Asian Market and you'll have a dozen or more roots to plant. Much cheaper than buying plants at the garden center.

              Never thought of doing it with lettuces or scallions. Thanks for the tips!

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                Nyleve RE: hal2010 Apr 30, 2014 03:32 PM

                This grows into a useable leafy plant? I would think it would bolt directly to seed. If not, I will definitely do this!

              2. KarenDW RE: jrvedivici Apr 17, 2014 11:34 PM

                I do similarly with lemongrass, in summer. It didn't over-winter well here in the PNW :(

                1. boogiebaby RE: jrvedivici Apr 18, 2014 12:41 PM

                  I do it with green onions, but haven't tried romaine.

                  1. jrvedivici RE: jrvedivici Apr 21, 2014 07:31 AM

                    I started this on Saturday, so far no noticeable growth. If there starts to be I will post a pic. lol

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                      julesrules RE: jrvedivici Apr 21, 2014 08:45 AM

                      I also put a sad and tired celery bottom in my kitchen window on Thursday night... it has a tiny bit of growth!

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                        julesrules RE: julesrules May 1, 2014 12:35 PM

                        Here is my mini celery plant... Again, the bottom was almost rotting and I cut a bunch away. Not sure this will ever get big enough to be much use but maybe leaves for soup broth...

                    2. jrvedivici RE: jrvedivici May 1, 2014 03:07 PM

                      This is my romain lettuce after close to two weeks. I might have to rethink my plans of cornering the market.

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                        greygarious RE: jrvedivici May 20, 2014 10:03 AM

                        My stub of green leaf lettuce did slightly better than that, and continued to grow after I plucked off the initial mouthful of new growth. Since I have the blackest of thumbs, this impressed me no end!

                        But I wonder what would happen if after you get home from the supermarket, you don't put the romaine in the fridge at all, keeping the whole head in a jar with just enough water to submerge the bottom, Has anyone tried? Next time leaf or romaine heads are on sale I'll risk a dollar in the name of mad science, unless someone has already tried and can report their results.

                      2. iheartcooking RE: jrvedivici Jun 9, 2014 10:40 PM

                        I tried this and my core just rotted, but I have read that it matters at which point the lettuce was cut.
                        I have twice replanted the "living lettuce" heads they sell with the roots still attached. One grew into a lovely plant but the leaves were too limp and bitter to make a salad.

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