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Lettuce

lettuce-categoyThere are literally hundreds of varieties of lettuces in the market. Due to a wide range of growing regions from Salinas, CA to Yuma, Arizona (as well as several other western states) the majority of these lettuces are available year round. There are several different classifications of lettuces but they are generally divided them into two general groups:  familiar head and large leaf lettuces (Iceberg, Butter, Romaine, Red Leaf, and Green leaf) and the smaller loose leaf lettuces (Tango, Lolla Rossa, Red and Green Oak Leaf, Red Perella and many more).

For many years, large leaf lettuces (Iceberg, Romaine, etc.) have been the major components of many standard table salads, used on their own and combined together with a multitude of different dressings. These varieties range in size, color (though usually some shade of green), and texture (from the compact, crunchy head of iceberg to the somewhat frilly leaves of red and green leaf or the elongated leaves of Romaine).

The smaller loose leaf type have leaves that branch from a single stalk and are more delicate and often have more flavor than the larger lettuces, though more perishable. They are also more colorful and offer more leaf shapes and textures.

Baby Green Romaine Lettuce

Baby Green Romaine Lettuce

Baby green romaine is a small loose leaf type of lettuce. The leaves, attached to a singular base, grow upright and somewhat close together to form an elongated head.

Baby Red Romaine Lettuce

Baby Red Romaine Lettuce

Baby red romaine is a small loose leaf type of lettuce. The leaves, attached to a singular base, grow erect and somewhat close together to form an elongated head

Butter Lettuce aka Boston or Bibb lettuce

Butter Lettuce aka Boston or Bibb lettuce

Butter lettuce has a small, round, loosely formed head with soft textured leaves ranging from green to pale green in color.

Green Oak Leaf Lettuce

Green Oak Leaf Lettuce

Green Oak Leaf lettuce is a small loose leaf type of lettuce. The leaves have the appearance of oak leaves-lobed and loosely serrated- and grow upward and outward, somewhat close together and attached to a singular base.

Lettuce - Little gem

Lettuce - Little gem

Little Gem is a small lettuce often described as 'a combination of Butter lettuce and Romaine'. It is crisp, like Romaine, and sweet, like Butter lettuce, but the texture and the flavor are still its own.

Lettuce - Red Leaf

Lettuce - Red Leaf

Red Leaf is a delicate loose-leaf variety with tender green serrated leaves and brick-red highlights.

Lettuce - Rubicon Lettuce

Lettuce - Rubicon Lettuce

Young, crisp savoyed (crinkled) leaves with a tight, dark green interior.

Lollo Rosso aka Lollo Rossa and Lolla Rossa

Lollo Rosso aka Lollo Rossa and Lolla Rossa

Lollo Rosso is a small loose leaf type of lettuce. Each head is semi-compact with ruffled fan shaped leaves, blood violet in color and fading to pale green at the base.

Mache, aka Lamb’s Lettuce, Corn Salad

Mache, aka Lamb’s Lettuce, Corn Salad

Mache is a tender salad green consisting of several rosettes of dark green spoon-shaped leaves attached to a common stem.

Red Oak Leaf

Red Oak Leaf

Red Oak Leaf lettuce is a small loose leaf type of lettuce...

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce

Romaine is an elongated head of dark, green, somewhat narrow and stiff leaves attached to a firm rib reaching almost to the top of the leaf.

Speckled Romaine Lettuce

Speckled Romaine Lettuce

An heirloom romaine lettuce with crisp, pale-green leaves speckled with red.