Elan is fast growing with smooth leaves & a delicious flavour in salads or cooked. Sow in the open during August (earlier sowings tend to produce more curly leaves!) and under cloches or a coldframe from September to Christmas. This variety is very popular on the continent as it can withstand prolonged low winter temperatures when grown undercover. Your crop can be harvested from mid-September right through to the end of March. Price for 50 seeds
SOW: in the open during August (earlier sowings tend to produce more curly leaves!) and under cloches or a coldframe from September to Christmas. Seeds need to be no more than 1cm deep.
GROW: generally a trouble free crop, Elan is also mildew resistant (great news in typical damp UK winters), but it still helps to ventilate your cloches, coldframe or unheated greenhouse. You can harvest the first small leaves from about 6 weeks or leave a bit longer and then it is easier to pick individual leaves – they do wilt quite quickly so pick as you need them.
EAT: we use corn salad in our autumn and winter salads but you can cook and use as you would spinach.
Corn Salad is also known as Lambs Lettuce because it grows wild in the lambing season