Lettuce

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: Dwight Sipler (photofarmer)

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: Leeks 'N' Bounds

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Photo attribution: 

Flickr: eren {sea+prairie}

Foods Included

Romaine, Red Leaf, Iceberg

Description

Lettuces have a wide range of shapes and textures -- iceberg is very dense with a high water content, while other varieties are curly and more loose. Most lettuce is green, some varieties may have red tips. In general, lettuce does not have a strong taste.

Buy It

  • Choose crisp lettuce with deep green color.

Store It

  • Keep lettuce for up to 1 week in loose plastic bag in refrigerator.
  • If your lettuce is wilted, put the leaves in a bowl of cold water with ice cubes and soak for about 15 minutes.

Cook It

  • Cut up lettuce into bite-sized pieces, toss with olive oil, vinegar, and your favorite herbs, like oregano, for a salad.
  • Add nuts and other veggies for more flavors and textures.

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • Vitamin K helps our bodies heal quickly.
 

 

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