Flashy Trout Back Romaine Lettuce
Frank Morton's selected this from the variable cos heirloom ‘Forellenschluss’ (Austrian for “speckled like a trout’s back,”) Upright growth, unique early coloring, and crisp texture make this a prime candidate for baby cut salad. Or let it grow to maturity for wonderful blanched "hearts of romaine" with pink speckles. Pledged as am open-source OSSI variety. Photo by Karen Morton. 300 seeds
The Open Source Seed Initiative exists so that breeders who originate new varieties can protect them from exploitation and patenting by corporations. It means that the breeder has freely given up her patent rights in order to keep the variety in the public domain forever. The OSSI pledge reads: "You have the freedom to use these OSSI-pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others' use of these seeds or their derivatives, by patents or other means, and to include this pledge in any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives."