Growing and Harvesting Loose Leaf Lettuce

I planted some leaf lettuce in my garden and it is doing pretty good. My question is how do I harvest the lettuce and what can I use to take away some of the bitter taste? I've tried it straight from the garden and it tastes kind of bitter. I would like to try to make a salad from it, but don't quite know how to harvest the leaves and how to take the bitter taste out of it. Does anyone know how to do this?


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July 10, 20190 found this helpful

If it is bitter, you waited too long to harvest it. You could try sautéing it on a bit of olive oil and adding salt and pepper.

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July 10, 20190 found this helpful

I got some loose leaf lettuce from my neighbor and also found it to be a little bitter but not too bad. I tossed it with some Olive Garden Signature Italian dressing and topped it with some drained mandarin oranges. I rather enjoyed it. I wonder if hot weather has anything to do with the taste. I would think that lettuce is a cooler weather vegetable but I have never grown lettuce.

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July 11, 20190 found this helpful

This is an interesting question as I have had some very bitter loose leaf lettuce also.


I read comments from this site and here are a couple of comments:

"Note: Although the biggest cause for bitter lettuce is temperature, along with the other possible reasons, additional factors such as one's region, current growing conditions and even variety can all play a role in the bitterness of lettuce plants.

Some people have found it helpful to soak their bitter lettuce prior to using. If you would like to give this a try, separate the lettuce leaves, put them in a bowl of cold water and add a small amount of baking soda. Let the leaves soak about five to 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly in cold water and then soak them again for a few more minutes. Drain and use. You can also try refrigerating the bitter lettuce for 24-48 hours before serving."


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