Romaine lettuce is a very practical leafy vegetable. This type of lettuce is a good combination of flavor and crunch. Very tolerant of heat, it has a longer shelf life compared to other types of lettuce. The common variety of romaine lettuce, green, is the preferred green for Caesar salad. Red romaine is more tender compared to its green cousin. The milky fluid found in the thick ribs of romaine lettuce gives the fine-bitter herb taste.
Also known as Cos, this variety of head forming lettuce has deep green, long leaves with a crisp texture and deep taste. There is also a milder tasting variety with red tipped leaves and a sweet romaine, which is even sweeter than regular romaine.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Matches well with: anchovies, blue cheese, chives, garlic, lemon, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pepper
Conserving and Storing
A salad spinner can be very helpful in the drying of lettuce (and other salad ingredients as well). These lettuces should be either stored in a plastic bag or wrapped in a damp cloth and stored in the refrigerator crisper.