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Romaine Lettuce

In Season — July 15 to September 1

As one of its primary crops, Eyking Farms grows two varieties of Romaine: Valley Heart and Triton. The hard-packed clay soil on Boularderie Island minimizes residual soil in and on the lettuce and allows for optimum growing conditions.

Romaine or cos lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. var. longifolia) is a variety of lettuce that grows in a tall head of sturdy leaves. The lettuce is a deep green colour with a firm rib down the center that provides a crisp texture and deep taste. The thick ribs, especially on the older outer leaves, have a milky fluid which gives the romaine the typically fine-bitter herb taste. Unlike most lettuces, it is tolerant of heat.

Nutritional Facts

Romaine lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, manganese and chromium. Romaine is also a good source of dietary fibre, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and the minerals potassium, molybdenum, iron, and phosphorus. As with other dark leafy greens, the antioxidants contained within romaine lettuce are believed to help prevent cancer. Like all lettuces romaine has a vary high water content and very few calories (about 10 calories per cup). Romaine is the most nutritious of all lettuces.

How to eat

In many countries, it is typically eaten cold, raw, in salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, tacos, and in many other dishes. Recently grilled romaine has started to grow in popularity.

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