Tag: lettuce

Why You Should Love Those Weird Lettuces

by in Robin's Healthy Take, July 15, 2013

mizuna
These days, there are more than 100 varieties of lettuce available, giving us an endless assortment of colors, textures and shapes to adorn our plates — and countless ways to work more healthy greens into our diets. (Read more here about creative uses for leafy greens.)

In addition to traditional lettuces, unique, heirloom varieties are often offered at farmers’ markets, and they’re definitely worth a try. Don’t be shy: When perusing lettuce, ask questions such as, “Is this lettuce more like a buttery Bibb or sharp arugula?” The grower will love bragging about the taste and textural qualities of the leaves!

And for those times when you don’t have the opportunity to ask, use this cheat sheet!

Butter Oak: Varieties include Flashy and Blushed; the oak-shaped, super soft leaves are achieved by crossing butterhead-type lettuce with oak leaf lettuce.

Buttercrunch: Bibb-type lettuce with thick, juicy leaves and subtle buttery flavor.

Cimarron: Large, tender, red romaine with orange-yellow center; flavor resembles blend of red lettuce and romaine.

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What’s in the Box? Garlic Scapes, Salad Turnips and More

by in In Season, June 10, 2010

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I look forward to Tuesday nights like it’s my birthday, only instead of traditional presents I get fruits and vegetables and it happens every week for 6 months and not just once a year. I’m having trouble getting anyone to sing to me each week, but honestly, I don’t really miss it.

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Keeping Seasonal Salads Healthy

by in Healthy Recipes, Healthy Tips, May 6, 2009

Thai Beef Salad
Spring is in the air and fresh produce is hitting your market. What better way to kick-off National Salad Month than with your own seasonal creation? Check out our ideas for preparing your next mixed masterpiece.

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