Red leaf lettuces are a group of lettuce cultivars with red leaves. This beautiful lettuce offers a large open “head” of loose leaves that deepens in color as it matures. The vibrant color comes from anthocyanins. Red leaf lettuce is soft and tender with very mild flavor.
Red Leaf Nutrition Facts
- Red leaf lettuce provides an:
- Excellent source of vitamin K
- Good source of vitamin A
- Anthocyanins, lutein and zeaxanthin
Red leaf lettuce takes from 65 to 80 days to grow from seed to maturity when planted in mid-summer, but can take as long as 130 days when planted in the fall or winter. It is primarily harvested by hand and placed into cartons in the field for bulk sale. It can also be harvested into bins or totes and sent to processing facilities for packaging as part of a salad mix.
There is nothing better than a big salad with leafy greens and plenty of red leaf lettuce.
Mixed greens salad
Mix a big bowl of your favorites, add a variety of items such as tomatoes, radishes, kidney beans, peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, olives . . . anything you like. Toss with a zesty Italian dressing.