OP. The next best thing! Check out this YouTube video on celtuce. At first Xingtai 16 presents as a somewhat normal looking romaine-type lettuce, and can be eaten as salad with the familiar lettuce crunch. Leaves have a light green color and savoy texture. Later in its development, stems elongate and produce a crunchy delicacy known as stem lettuce or celtuce. As the name suggests, it is primarily used as a stem vegetable after the plants elongate but before flowering. At this stage it is most commonly peeled and used as a stir-fry ingredient. We have often wondered what the next hip trend in the North American culinary world will be and maybe it will be celtuce. Currently popular throughout Asia, stem lettuce may resemble the lettuce that our ancient ancestors typically ate. 55 days.
Text and photo courtesy of Adaptive Seeds.