Red Leaf Lettuce

Description

The loosely packed leaves of this lettuce variety are tender, succulent and mild in flavor with bitter undertones. High in fiber, iron and vitamin B, leaf lettuce supports vision, the immune system and blood health.

Storage

Refrigerate red leaf lettuce without washing and keep it away from apples, pears, and other ethylene-producing foods. This will help keep the lettuce fresh for up to a week.

Preparation

Pull each leaf from the head, then rinse and pat dry. Remove the tender portion, discard the stalks, and tear the leaves into slices.

Usage

Mix the lettuce in a salad with fruit and nuts, or use as a base for colorful wraps. Enjoy raw or braise with chicken broth.

Nutrition

Serving Size 6 leaves
Amount/Serving
Calories 15
Calories from Fat 0
Daily Value
Total Fat 0 0%
Saturated Fat 0 0%
Trans Fat 0 0%
Cholesterol 0 0%
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0
Protein 1g
Calcium 4%
Iron 6%
Vitamin A 150%
Vitamin C 6%

Red leaf lettuce is a good source of iron. The dark pigment offers antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties for vision and heart health.

Availability

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Flavor Profile

Red leaf lettuce has a crispy, succulent texture with mild taste and bitter undertones. The younger greens feature a sweeter flavor.