Lettuce Buying Guide
Types of Lettuce
Oak Leaf Lettuce
Chicory and Frisée
Lettuce Buying Tips:
• Avoid any lettuce that looks wilted or dried out
• For added convenience, consider ready mixed lettuce leaves that come in a bag or box
Green is by far the most common colour of lettuce, although you can find red and blonde leaf lettuce, too. Red leaf lettuce is very similar to a Romaine lettuce, only its leaves are tinged red rather than green. Choosing a particular colour of lettuce can be a great way of sprucing up your food if you have an aesthetic culinary eye. The different shades of green in lettuces do have significance: the darker, softer leaves tend to contain more vitamins and minerals.
Lettuces range from the super crispy to the soft and chewy. A crispy lettuce works well in a sandwich or burger, making a nice variation to the texture of the patty, while a softer, chewier lettuce works well with a soup, broth or even chilli con carne.
Leaf Size +
Smaller leaves make a great accompaniment to a bagel or taco, adding contrast, flavour and essential greenery to a tasty meal. Bigger leaves can act as the wrap themselves. Try it: take a Butterhead lettuce, carefully remove one of its leaves and then stuff it with some fresh tuna or olives. Or both! It’s healthy, tastes great, and could become a family favourite.
Lettuces range in flavour from the neutral to strong and distinct. The subtle flavours of Iceberg lettuce can add texture and refreshment without overpowering the rest of a meal. The peppery punch of Arugula can be used to spice up blander salads and other dishes.
Lettuce Storage Tips:
• Keep lettuce in the fridge until use and replace immediately when done
• Crispy leaves, like Iceberg and Romaine, will be okay in the fridge for a week or so
• Soft-leaved lettuces should be used as soon as possible