Chadwick's Rodan Lettuce
Bred especially for flavor by garden genius Alan Chadwick, this is in my top three favorite lettuces. It has the leaf shape and buttery texture of Deertongue, but with a crunchy midrib like a romaine or a crisphead. Can be harvested quickly as a leaf lettuce, or left to grow a compact head almost like a little romaine. Excellent for cold spring soil, and fairly bolt-resistant as well.
It was almost lost to the world after Alan Chadwick died, and getting seeds again has been a saga. I found a packet in the seed archives at Bountiful Gardens and grew it to see what it was like, thinking I'd save seed and get it going again. Then I came home from work one day and found out a neighbor had needed lettuce and someone had cut my Chadwick's to give her.... So the next year I tried again, and got no germination. Finally, the last seed that I could find was really old, from the 1990's. Miraculously, it germinated pretty well and we got a good seed crop. Now lettuce breeder extraordinaire Frank Morton has taken an interest in Rodan. He grew our seed at Shoulder to Shoulder Farm in Oregon. 300 seeds