OP. The next best thing! Check out this YouTube video on celtuce. From Baker Creek: “A rare and nutritious type of stem lettuce from China, Celtuce is relatively obscure in the U.S., but it is sure to become the next veggie craze. The plants are as easy as lettuce to cultivate, and the culinary possibilities are boundless as it is great cooked or raw; the extra high levels of vitamin C point to celtuce as a potent superfood. This cold-loving red-leaved celtuce is a gourmet treat; the peeled crunchy stem has a refreshing cucumber flavor and crisp texture. Peeled stems are traditionally eaten raw in salads or stir fried. The red leaves are also delicious in salads!” Grow just like head lettuce, in rows 18″ apart. 55 days. Main photo courtesy of Baker Creek.