Posted by: dwjmcneil | December 21, 2007

Facts on Romaine

Here is some lettuce facts from Wikipedia

Romaine or cos lettuce is a variety of lettuce which grows in a long head of sturdy leaves with a firm rib down the center. Unlike most lettuces, it is tolerant of heat. One cup (47 grams) of raw shredded romaine lettuce is 8 calories, and naturally contains 4 mg salt and 1 gram of sugar. 

The thick ribs, especially on the older outer leaves, should have a milky fluid which gives the romaine the typically fine-bitter herb taste. Romaine is the standard lettuce used in Caesar salad. Romaine lettuce is often used in the Passover Seder as a type of bitter herb, to symbolise the bitterness inflicted by the Egyptians whilst the Israelites were slaves in Egypt.

The World’s Healthiest Foods

Not all lettuce is created equal, but if you start your meal with a salad made of romaine lettuce you will be sure to add not only a variety of textures and flavors to your meal but an enormous amount of nutritional value. Most of the domestic U.S. harvest of romaine lettuce and other salad greens comes from California and is available throughout the year.

Lettuce is synonymous with salads as they are predominantly made from crispy green lettuce leaves. Most varieties of lettuce exude small amounts of a white, milky liquid when their leaves are broken. This “milk” gives lettuce its slightly bitter flavor and its scientific name, Lactuca sativa derived from the Latin word for milk.

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