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Bacardi 
Pie-cherry red, Bacardi is a relatively new butter-head lettuce! Our customers who trialed this lettuce last year (as #20501) were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about its success both as a new addition to Mesclun and as miniature heads. At full size with slightly savoyed leaves, it is earlier and a little more compact than Marvel of Four Seasons-type butter-heads! Best outdoors, this beauty will contribute a spritely, new red color to your mesclun while adding character with its baby romaine-shaped leaf structure. It will stand up in the mix as well as red oak leaf, and add a color not currently found with any other lettuce! It is highly disease resistant. Barcardi was featured in the American Vegetable Grower as an outstanding new variety for 1998! Approx. 520,000 sds/Lb. Approx. 45 days. 

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Bambi 
A Rijk Zwaan of the Little-Gem-type, this selection is exceptional for the production of mini heads. It is currently listed on many hotel menus in Hawaii. The leaves are dark green, thick, and sweet. Mildew resistant, semiromaine-type. (Available in Primed and Coated seed ONLY.) 

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Brunia 
Bred for beauty, flavor, color and shelf life. This big, brawny dark red French Oak Leaf lettuce consistently produces baby salad leaves that withstand the rigors of washing, packing and shipping. This is a Specialty Market winner at every stage of growth whether harvested at 3" or as whole baby heads. Full size, it is a big, brawny, dark red oak leaf! French seed. Oak Leaf type. (Also available as MI.) Approx. 350,000 sds/Lb. Approx. 50-72 days. Also available in pellets.

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Buttercrunch 
Bibb/butterhead type lettuce. It has a large compact yellow-white heart with dark green reddish tinged leaves. It is a longer lasting heat tolerant variety. The rosette heads are approximately 4‡". White seed. Approx. 50-75 days. 

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Cardinale 
(Formerly Vilmorin #602) Like the beautiful red birds that are Winter guests in the Eastern U.S., Cardinale just shimmers with red-purple beauty in climates with lots of sunshine and snappy cool evenings. As a 3" baby-leaf, its shape and color make this batavia perfect for use as a red romaine type ingredient, (even though its parentage is in the batavia category). The intense red-purple color in the baby leaf stage develops best in bright, sunny climates where extremes in temperature are the norm. Its sturdy yet pliable leaf is bordered by mini-scallops. Perfect for packaged mixes because of its sweet flavor and potential for long shelf life, its beautiful color is a real plus. Much more colorful than Sierra in all stages, this beauty sells exceptionally well as a mini- and full size heads. It will appeal to the discriminating Chef and the Farmersí Market trade. 

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Dark Lollo Rossa 
Lollo Rossa dressed in long, intense cranberry bordeaux skirt with very little chartreuse visible. Traditional Lollo has intense deep red/magenta color only as a distinct edging and a much larger swath of chartreuse on each leaf. Dark Lollo was consistently vibrant in our trials and will hold its color well indoors for Autumn, Winter and Spring cultivation. Slightly smaller than standard Lollo Rossa, this beauty is more than all-showóit has a great flavor to match! Lollo Rossa type. (Also available as MI.) Approx. 475,000 sds/Lb. 

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Darkland Cos 
An Ornamental Edibles variety, Darkland Cos is one of the leading green romaine varieties in the United States. Nearly replacing Green Towers in the California ìlettuce bowlî, it is a superior, darkest green, disease resistant romaine which still offers that wonderful sweet Cos flavor. When planted 6" to 8" apart, it produces compact ìhearts of romaineî. Traditional spacing yields large, full-sized heads. Approx. 50 to 80 days. Only pellets are available. 

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Freckles 
This heirloom favorite of romaine producers charms its growers with its pretty red freckles on apple green, elongated leaves. Its leaf is more substantial than its somewhat similar relative Speckles (butterhead), and therefore more desired for baby leaf production. If you are looking for character, flavor, and a crunch, Freckles will be tops on your list of new varieties this year. Approx. 55 to 65 days. 

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Little Gem 
Cold resistant, semi-romaine with medium length leaves. Very sweet flavored, somewhat loose heading. A favorite in Specialty Markets. (Also available as MI) Approx. 420,000 sds/Lb. 

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Lollo Rossa 
A very showy, magenta edged, chartreuse green leaved, cut-and-come-again looseleaf lettuce. Lollo Rossa type. Also available in pellets.

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Loma 
(Formerly known as 3042) From Vilmorin, this stunning apple-green batavia bred especially for the baby leaf market has all the sought after properties desired in a successful mesclun variety. Each sweet-flavored leaf at about the 3" stage has perfect scallops on the edge in addition to being sturdy and pliable. Not only is it perfectly suited for baby leaf use, it forms lovely mini and full sized heads. Each leaf has an interesting character of its own which will appeal to the restaurant trade, to Farmersí Market customers, and to the package salad trade. This variety brought raves in all grower trials conducted this past year. 

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Majestic Red 
A red romaine variety with savoyed leaves. The color is ruby bronze with a bright green underleaf. (Also available as MI.) Approx. 428,300 sds/Lb. (aka Rubens) Approx. 75 days. Also available in pellets.

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Mascara 
Growers who have trialed this variety love the very dark red, uniform growth habit of this Dutch Red Oak Leaf type. Due to its regularity in shape, Mascara is much preferred over standard Red Salad Bowl by discriminating salad mix producers. Mascara flourishes in even the hottest part of the Summer in the Bay Area, and has a wonderfully sweet flavor. Much more uniform than standard Red Salad Bowl, but not quite as perfect as Raisa. Mascara is a bargain compared to Raisa. Approx. 65 days to full size. Approx. 18,400 pellets/Lb. 

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Merveille de Quatre Saison 
(Aka Marvel of Four Seasons) Radiant, magenta-tipped, exceptionally large heading, French bibb/butterhead lettuce. Great magenta leaf for mesclun! Heirloom. Vilmorin variety! (Also available as MI.) Approx. 75 days. Also available in pellets.

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Nevada 
A lovely swirl of sweet, nutty flavored apple green leaves, this green version of the batavia Sierra is very resistant to bolting and highly recommended for growing heavy heads of superior green leaf lettuce under the most difficult conditions. Like most Summer batavias, Nevada may be harvested early at its green leafy state, or allowed to mature to produce the heading quality of all batavias( the still flavorful forerunners of modern day icebergs). Nevada offers outstanding resistance to tipburn, bottom rot, and bolting. It is the superior green variety for climates with extremes in temperature swings. Nevada exhibits resistance to Bremia and to California Downy Mildew Races 1, 2, 3, and 4. Approx. 364,000 sds/Lb.

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