If you grow only one vegetable other than tomatoes, it should be lettuce. Growing lettuce is so easy, takes up little space, and you can even grow it among flowers. Lettuce grows for many weeks in the mild weather of spring and fall. Leaf lettuce is easy to tuck in between and under taller vegetables, and is perfect for containers.The varieties of lettuce range from the heading types popular in Japan to stem lettuce and "A Choy," which originated in China. The head lettuces are delightful in salads—crisp with delicate flavors that need very little dressing. Stem lettuce looks something like a combination between celery and lettuce. The stems are cut into small "matchstick" pieces for salads or into larger pieces for stir-fries and soups. The younger leaves are good in salads, as well. More mature leaves tend to become bitter. Taiwan lettuce is referred to as "A Choy" and is a very popular green in Taiwan. Leaves are harvested at an early stage when tender and crispy

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