Higher in beta carotene, and vitamins C and A than its green counterpart, red oak lettuce also provides a good proportion of fibre, folate and minerals. Enjoy this attractive, frilly leaf in salads, sandwiches and side dishes.
In Season: Throughout the year.
Health Benefits: Red iceberg boasts the highest amount of iron among all lettuces. It’s also higher in beta-carotene as well as vitamins C and A than its green counterpart. This butter lettuce adds a good proportion of fibre, folate and minerals to your meals.
How to Prepare: Remove the leaves from the lettuce base and wash them. Ideally, dry them well in a salad spinner. The mildly nutty tasting leaves pair well with vinaigrettes and savoury dressings, and are perfect tossed into a salad or stuffed into a sandwich. Shred it and use it as a garnish or sprinkle it into a vegetable soup.
What to Look For: Select heads with curly, crisp and firm leaves. Avoid lettuce heads with wilted leaves. A mature lettuce should have leaves that are between 10 to 25 centimetres long.
How to Store: This delicate lettuce cannot be stored for long. Place it in a perforated plastic bag and keep it in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator. Enjoy it as soon as you possibly can.