In Season: May to November
There is a wide variety of lettuces available at the market. From Butterhead to Romaine to Loose leaf to Sierra, there is sure to be a lettuce that suits your taste. Lettuce is great for salads of course and high quality lettuce (like the stuff sold at market) often needs nothing more than a little olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar. Experiment with different types of lettuces and get to know their different tastes. Build your salad using the taste of the lettuce and go from there. Almost anything can be a salad ingredient, nuts, seeds, meats, cheeses, eggs, fruit- the sky is the limit. Don't just limit your lettuces to salad though- they are fabulous braised or mixed into risottos and stir fries in the last few minutes of cooking.
Store lettuce unwashed in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. If the lettuce has been washed already, dry the lettuce in a salad spinner, remove leaves from the stem, wrap in a tea towel (or use paper towel) and place in a plastic bag in vegetable bin of your refrigerator. Lettuce will keep for 3-5 days either way.
Lettuce is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.