Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce
Black Seeded Simpson (45 days)
An old reliable lettuce that is heat resistant, slow to bolt and very dependable. Leaves are large, but lightly crispy and ruffled. Excellent for spring, early summer and fall planting. I remember my grandmother growing this variety. She was a practical German woman, so it was one of her favorite for its consistent yields...when the rabbits didn't find it!
1885 James J.H. Seed Co. says..
"An improvement on the Simpson, being finer in many respects."
1918 Great Northern Seed Co. says...
"One of the most easily grown and most reliable varieties, growing well during the hot Summer when most others are failures, therefore most satisfactory and popular for home use, but also largely grown for the market, especially in the Western States. It is a good shipper and it does equally well outdoors as in the greenhouse. Very early, slow to go to seed, with broad, crumpled leaves of very light green color, tender and sweet."
1935 Isbell's Seed Co. catalog says...
"Splendid loose leaf or curled leaf lettuce of great popularity with market and home gardeners. Grows large leaves, the inner ones forming a semi-compact head, very tender, crisp, fine quality, and sweet flavor. Always reliable and easily grown; ready for market in 45 days."
Recommended by the Following State Universities or Ag Extension Offices as a variety that performs well for their region. CA, FL, ID, OK, TN, TX