Lettuce is the common name for a number of related plants that grow in “heads”.
Varieties of lettuce include iceberg, romaine, red leaf, and butterhead. Because their growing seasons peak at different times of year, there’s always a plenitude of this salad staple.
HEALING TIP: Because lettuce is on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the most chemically contaminated foods – the Dirty Dozen – be sure to always pick organic.
Antioxidant Score* (ORAC)=1,423, 963, 438 and 2,380
*Butterhead lettuce (1,423), Romaine lettuce (963), Iceberg lettuce (438) and Red leaf lettuce (2,380)
Selecting and Storing Lettuce
Choose crisp headsd of lettuce that are free of blemishes. Refrigerate washed-and-dried greens airtight in a plastic bag for 3 to 5 days.