We Grow Lettuce
Our head lettuce varieties vary greatly as the season progresses due to the changes in growing temperature. Most lettuce varieties will grow well in the cool weather of early spring and fall, but as it gets hot we are limited to heat tolerant romaines and salanova hybrids. We encourage you to eat seasonally and roll with the limits that mother nature puts on our lettuce offerings and sometimes even try something new. No matter what the heads look like this week, the flavor will be great because it was harvested within a few hours of making it to your kitchen.
Storage: For maximum storage life, store at high humidity but not resting in water. This can easily be achieved by storing lettuce inside a salad spinner in the fridge or inside a colander nested in a bowl in the fridge. Our lettuce comes to you without the leaves cut off the stems for maximum shelf life. Cut the stem and rinse before eating. Lettuce quickly browns on all cut edges, so less cutting means longer storage.
Lettuce is a very low-calorie green vegetable. 100 grams of fresh greens provide just 15 calories. Nonetheless, they are the storehouse of many phytonutrients that possess health promoting and disease prevention properties.
Vitamins in lettuce are plentiful. Its fresh leaves are an excellent source of several Vitamin-A and β-carotenes. Just 100 grams of fresh, raw-lettuce provides 247% daily values of vitamin-A, and 4,443 µg of β-carotene. It is a rich source of vitamin-K. Vitamin-K has a potential role in the bone metabolism where it thought to increase bone mass by promoting osteoblastic activity in the bone cells. It also has an established role in the Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
Fresh leaves contain good amounts folates and vitamin C. Folates are part of co-factors in the enzyme metabolism required for DNA synthesis and therefore, play a vital role in the prevention of the neural tube defects in the baby (fetus) during pregnancy. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant; regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals. It also contains healthy amounts of minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which are very much essential for body metabolism.
Regular inclusion of lettuce in salads is known to prevent osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and believed to protect from cardiovascular diseases, ARMD, Alzheimer’s disease and cancers.