Also called Asparagus lettuce, hearts eaten like a small lettuce. Used as Chinese vegetable by leaving till stem is 30cm. long, then peeled and sliced for stir-fry, use like celery cooked or in salads. Sow autumn, spring in cooler areas.
One of oldest, most popular salad vegetables, spread from India in ancient times and enjoying a resurgence. Varieties available for all seasons. Mostly dislikes very hot conditions and will tolerate some shade. Rich well drained soil. Best on near neutral soils. 600-1000 seeds per gram