Hi- I need your Grow It Eat It expertise. This pretty red plant is growing in my vegetable garden. It looks intentional--it's planted in rows--but it's not something I recognize as having planted. I'm wondering if a seed packet was mislabeled. I think I intended to plant lettuce where this is growing. Do you have any idea of what this might be? Is it a red leaf lettuce? It made it through the winter without any row cover and looks robust and healthy. Thanks! Susan
Howard County Maryland
Our educated guess is that this is either a red-leaved lettuce or radicchio; either can overwinter in mild years. If you taste some and it is bitter, radicchio is likely; if you snap a leaf and the sap oozing out of the vein is milky, lettuce is likely.