The Story of Grandpa Admire's
The seed for this heirloom lettuce was donated to Seed Savers Exchange by 90-year-old Chloe Lowry in 1977. It is named after her grandfather, George Admire, who was a veteran of the American Civil War.
It may be that the ancient Egyptians were the first to cultivate lettuce from a weed, valuable for its oil producing seeds, to a food crop grown for its leaves. The Greeks and Romans adopted the vegetable and it spread to Europe. By the 18th century many varieties of lettuce had been developed that still exist today.