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

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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  1. but the crunchy stem bits are the best part!

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

      1. 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.

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

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          1. re: cheesecake17

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

            1. re: jrvedivici

              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

              1. re: cheesecake17

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

                1. re: jrvedivici

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

          2. 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. 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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              1. re: hal2010

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

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

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

                  1. 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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                    1. re: jrvedivici

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

                      1. re: julesrules

                        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. 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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                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        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. 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.