It’s one of the favourites in France, owing both to its taste and its good shelf life after harvesting.
Varieties include Blonde de Paris, Dorée de Printemps, Gloire du Dauphiné, Laura, Nevada, Pasquier, Pierre Bénite, Polonaise, Reine des Glaces, Rouge Grenobloise, Rustica and Sierra.
From the above list, Blonde de Paris, Dorée de Printemps, Nevada, Pierre Bénite, and Reine des Glaces are green varieties.
Growing it requires about 50 days from seed to maturity.
Oily dressings cling easily to its leaves.
1 pound lettuce = 450g = approx 6 cups torn
8 oz lettuce = 225g = approx 3 cups torn
2 oz shredded lettuce = 50g = 1 cup
8 oz shredded lettuce = 200g = 4 cups
Pierre Bénite and Reine des Glaces were documented in print in 1885 in Vilmorin-Andrieux’s “Les Plantes Potagères”.