Red Oak Lettuce
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Obviously named for its oak leaf-shaped leaves, this attractive autumn-colored lettuce offers tender and very tasty leaves.
Low in calories, one cup of shredded lettuce contains about 10 calories, plus provides vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and some iron.
Red Oak lettuce's exceptional good looks beautifully dresses up fresh green salads. Use as a decorative edible bed for turkey, chicken or tuna salad. Tuck in pita bread and sandwiches. Top leaves with rémoulade sauce and sautéed scallops. For an attractive dessert, place peach slices on leaves; sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil and drizzle with honey. To stuff, blanch leaves in boiling water four minutes; refresh in ice water; blot leaves dry. Stuff with mushroom duxelles and braise gently in broth. Serve as a delicious accompaniment for roasted meat. To store, wrap in plastic; refrigerate. Rinse just before using.
One of hundreds of varieties of leaf lettuces, green and red versions of oak leaf are among the most popular. In Europe, oak leaf and curly leaf lettuce descriptions of various colors were recorded in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Red Oak lettuce is locally grown at Coleman Farms, located at Carpinteria, California. Coleman Farms has been growing premium products since 1964. Specializing in lettuce varieties, more than one hundred garden-fresh edibles flourish on this successful farm's fertile ten acres. Specialty Produce strongly supports and endorses our local growers, ranchers, farmers and the California farming industry.