Identifying Lettuces (or Mild Greens)

You can find mild greens (lettuces) in your local supermarket, and these greens can create mouthwatering lettuce salads. Typically crunchy and slightly sweet, here are the most popular mild greens:

  • Bibb (or limestone lettuce): Tender, rippled leaves form a small, compact head. Bibb has the mildness of Boston lettuce, but more crunch.

  • Boston: Buttery textured, this lettuce looks like a green rose. Mixes well with all varieties and stands well alone.

  • Iceberg: Considered the white bread of the salad world, common to salad bars and political banquets. Iceberg has more texture than flavor, and, if wrapped, can be used for foul-shot practice.

  • Loose-leaf lettuce: Also called red leaf or green leaf lettuce, depending on its color. Its long, curly leaves are buttery and almost sweet.

  • Red oak leaf lettuce: Named for the oak tree leaves it resembles, this green is sweet and colorful.

  • Romaine: The emperor green of Caesar salad, romaine has dark-green exterior leaves with a pale-yellow core. It mixes well with other greens.

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