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Lettuce

lettuce

There is a war going on, right now, about lettuce! There are the traditionalists fiercely fighting for the much loved iceberg, begging for it's return to cafes and picnics all over Australia, and then, there are the pioneers, pushing the boundaries of the leafy lettuce world, declaring iceberg is boring and daring us to try more! While decades ago only a very few retailers would stock gourmet lettuce varieties, now it is perfectly common to be able to purchase mesculin, rocket or buttercrunch lettuce adding all sorts of different tastes and textures to the table.

Lactuca sativa

Lettuce is grown north of Perth nearly all year through and additionally supplied from the south west during summer. We are nearly always supplied by WA production...

A lettuce should be rinsed in cold water to get rid of any sand or soil that may get caught in the leaves as it grows, and then store in an airtight container in the fridge. Use lettuce as soon as possible...

After they've been washed, pat them dry (or use a salad spinner if you have one). If you're using the lettuce leaves for a salad, add the dressing as late as possible to keep the lettuce crisp and crunchy...

Generally the rule with lettuce is the darker the variety, the more nutrients in it! Lettuce have a high water content and low calorie count, so they're a really good way of filling up...