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Lactuca sativa, First Cos (Romaine) in Space , 50-55 days. Reddest of the red Cos’s, with sword-shaped, ruffle-edged, glossy garnet-red leaves that are substantive & thick with a sweet, crisp bite. It’s upright growing habit, is stout & sturdy & can be harvested as a baby leaf or allowed to mature into a loose Cos head about 10 to 15 in tall. Its deep red leaves do not pale at the height of summer's sun & heat. One of the first Lettuces trialled on the Space Station from a USA nursery. One of several orbital salad items sent up to be grown & fed to astronauts in space, chosen over others based on rapid growth, high antioxidant levels, pleasant taste, lowest microbial populations on its leaves & a high nutrient density. Yum! , Seed Count Approx - 275 avg
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