The Story of Three Heart
This heirloom lettuce was donated to Seed Savers Exchange in 2005 by Steve and Anna Marie Stoller of North Judson, Indiana. Steve received the seed from Amelia Scharlach Schini whose grandmother brought it with her when she emigrated from Alzace-Lorraine in the 1880s.
It is reportedly still grown by a few elder members of the Apostolic Christian Church.
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.