Sunday, June 26, 2011

Produce 101 - Lettuce

Produce 101 - Lettuce

Picking the best
When selecting lettuce it should be fresh looking, free from damage or blemishes. Heads should be “spring-firm” and give slightly to gentle pressure. Avoid hard, heavy heads, which are likely to be over mature and bitter. They have overdeveloped cores, which yield less usable lettuce.

Store all lettuces in the refrigerator away from ethylene gas producers like apples to avoid brown spots on their leaves. Do not wash lettuce until ready for use and tear leaves by hand. Metal knives will cause browning on the leaves.


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