Kitchen Essentials – lettuce

By / Magazine / June 1st, 2010 / Like

Red is the new green!

Red lettuce, that is. Radicchio, Belgian endive, Boston red leaf lettuce, to name just a few. Punch up the visual impact of any salad by tossing in a few red leaves.

Except for the more bitter varieties, like radicchio, lettuce generally tastes like lettuce regardless of its colour — mild, even slightly sweet. Other common red lettuce varieties are the maroon romaine which has a smoother texture than its green twin. Oak leaf lettuce (called that simply because of its appearance, not because it comes from oak trees – so, don’t pick and eat oak leaves; you won’t like it) has a slightly nutty flavour. Savoy (not the cabbage) has a bit of a bite. If you’re a more adventurous type, then you’ll love pungent mustard leaf lettuce. Do you enjoy indulging in fresh salads and lettuce-based appetizers? Then adding a mixture of red lettuce varieties to your creations will definitely be a treat.


Rosemary Mantini has always loved words. When she isn't working as the Associate Editor at Tidings Magazine, she's helping others achieve their writing dreams, and sometimes she even relaxes with a good book and a glass of wine.

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