I am looking for a substitute for lettuce to use in salads, as I can't
digest lettuce very good anymore. I have tried corn salad and couldn't
get it to grow or produce very much. Endive is too bitter.
Does anyone know of a good salad plant that produces well and has a
As others suggested, young spinach or silverbeet leaves would be a good
substitute. Maybe shredded cabbage, e.g., the small sugarloaf, or any
variety harvested young. Young dandelion leaves, nasturtium leaves, celery
leaves. Mustard or cress seedlings, or any sprouts: bean, pea, etc., though
I have heard that some of these (viz., alfalfa) should be stirfried and not
eaten raw otherwise much of its nutrient content is unavailable to our
digestive system. (Similar thing applies to tomatoes--the fruit, I mean.)
John Savage (my news address is not valid for email)
Thanks for all the suggestions.
I have found something to try from Johnnyseeds.com, a "lettucy type"
Chinese cabbage. And also try the beet and chard leaves as I already
grow them but didn't realize they could be used as a salad.
Maybe you could try growing Rocket. It may not be mild enough though. It has
a taste that reminds me of cashew nuts. I find I can grow it all year, and
its become my most reliable green leafy salad vegetable.
If the problem is digestive, I would guess any similar green leafy veg
would have a similar effect. You could sample spinach and perhaps some
of those 'mixed baby greens' available in supermarkets to test, before
going to the trouble of growing them. There are many types of salad
other than "tossed green."
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