Identifying Greens

Turn over a new leaf in your salad bowl with these lettuce varieties.

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Leaf Lettuce has a mild, delicate flavor, perfect for many types of green salads.

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Radicchio is bitter and peppery-tasting when eaten alone, but small amounts add a nice accent to other greens.

Swiss chard has large stems with a delicate flavor similar to celery; leaves have a hearty spinachlike flavor.

Curly endive has a mildly bitter flavor and adds visual interest to salads.

Spinach has a mildly, hearty flavor and is often used raw in salads.

Romaine has large, crisp leaves and a slightly sharp flavor that make this the classic lettuce for Caesar salad.

Arugula has a peppery, pungent flavor that is an ideal contrast when mixed with milder greens.

Iceberg leaves are faithfully crisp and store well. Long prized for its texture and mildly watery flavor.

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