Red Chinese Mulberries
The Red Chinese mulberry tree is a broad, spreading bush or small tree dotted with small thorns. Like its mulberry relatives, the fruits are technically not a berries but rather aggregates of tiny fleshy drupes clustered around a single stem
Monterrey pears are a large variety from northern Mexico, botanically a cultivar of Pyrus pyrifolia. The Asian pear hybrid was selected from the tree of a popular southern Texas variety. Monterrey pears are a cross of European pear and a Japanese pear.
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Like regular Romaine, Sweet Romaine lettuce grows in an elongated head of sturdy green outer leaves and lighter to pale celadon leaves in the center, all of which have a firm rib down their centers. It is crisp and crunchy but sweeter and less bitter than regular Romaine.
Available year around.
Romaine contains vitamin C, vitamin A, folate and iron. One cup of shredded Romaine has about 10 calories.
Add to mixed green salads or Caesar salads. Pair with green oak, arugula, tat soi, frisee, mizuna and other green leaf lettuces. Brush head with vinaigrette and grill. Use as cup for lettuce wraps. Blanch, then braise whole head for side dish. Add to sandwiches and hamburgers. Ideal for dips.
Romaine is believed to have originated on the Aegean island of Cos, and also known as Cos lettuce.