It’s the quintessential lettuce – bright green, buttery and delicious – just like the longed for lettuce in the story of Rapunzel. May King is delighting us all with its perfectly formed leaves and super abundance in the polytunnel at our Clissold Park site. This week we harvested a whopping 1.8kg from a bed a mere 2.5 metres long. And this from a stretch of soil that had given us 1.3kg a week before. It’s amazing what a little Spring heat can do!
May King is a butterhead variety and you can pick off the outer leaves to give a good continuous harvest. These were planted last autumn and have overwintered rather nicely in the protected environment of the polytunnel.