Seed Saddos: Grosse Blonde Paresseuse

This is a picture of lettuce in my garden called Fat Lazy Blond Cow, or Grosse Blonde Paresseuse, a lovely,  floppy French butterhead variety from about 1859. At a time when our plates are over-run with rocket, mizuna, perilla, red veined sorrel and various other peppy leaves, the rather more common or garden butterhead lettuces don’t get much of a mention. And yet I warm towards the easy-going comforts of the mild-mannered butterhead. It’s an easy eat after the spiky, flashy pleasure of the more fashionable salad ingredients. The broad spread of each leaf holds a decent slick of vinaigrette. They fold easily into the mouth, melt under pressure from the tongue, and give up their genial delicate, fresh flavours with a smile. I even have a sneaking liking for what used to be called salade bien fatigue, ie that has been left in the bowl for a few hours and has gone beyond floppy. But most of all, it makes the finest base for a salad to have with my home cured pigs cheek (aka guanciale), the recipe for which I will give another day.

One thought on “Seed Saddos: Grosse Blonde Paresseuse

  1. Agree absolutely, unless you grow your own salad, or have good local growers or farmer’s market, the supermarket choice is very poor. Bagged and gassed small leaf salad is a disappointment and a waste of money.

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