Balls Afire

Crop: Lettuce (Lactuca sativa)

Use/Type: Standard

Breeder: Frank Morton Wild Garden Seed

OSSI Pledge Date: 2024

Release Date: 2024

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Variety Type: Finished Variety


The original working name for this project was “flaming tennis ball,” which captures pretty well the appearance as it stood out among hundreds of more staid heads. This is a small compact crisphead wrapped up in burgundy red leaves that are deeply dissected and crisped with tiny teeth. Maturing rosettes are densely pigmented and easily gathered as salad leaves. The mature head is densely convoluted into a solid heart, blanched by the red wrappers and slow to bolt. The best tasting lettuce of the summer.

Availability from OSSI Seed Company Partners

Wild Garden Seed