“They delivered Tropicana Lettuce, Eggplant, and Tomatoes to our Ponce earthquake relief kitchen...We always try to buy local & support business here!” - Chef Jose Andres
Often a base for a typical salad or to top off a juicy burger, head lettuce is almost a tradition for many families.
Five Fun Facts
- Scientific name: Lactuca sativa.
- Tropicana takes around 50-60 days from seed to harvest
- Tropicana grows best at 60-65 degrees F and has also proven to be heat resistant.
- Tropicana can be grown with or without the use of soil present!
- The vibrant green leaves of a Tropicana lettuce are really big so a few crisp leaves go a long way when making a salad!
In a cup of chopped lettuce, which is about 10 calories, you’ll get a good percentage of your daily required values of the following nutrients:
- Vitamin A 86%
- Vitamin C 4%
It’s also a small source of:
- Potassium 3%
- Iron 2 %
- Calcium 1%
This lettuce contains a great deal of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, which is good for your eyes, skin, and immune system. It also contains antioxidants which can prevent cancer, vitamin C which helps prevent cardiovascular disease and aids in the production of collagen for skin and muscles, and vitamin K which is essential for your blood to function properly when you get a cut. It also is a good source of fiber, iron, and B vitamins. It has a fairly high water content, as well.
Wash thoroughly before use to remove dirt and any bacteria, as you would with any other produce. Keep refrigerated to preserve nutrients.
- Braised Lettuce - a side dish, low calorie, gluten-free
- Emeril Lagasse’s Lettuce Soup - main dish, gluten-free
- Simple Lettuce Salad - salad, gluten-free, vegetarian
- Perfect Garden Salad - salad, vegan, gluten-free
- Spiced Lettuce Cake Bars with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing - vegetarian
For the Kids and Kids-at-Heart
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