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What lettuce is best?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 14, 2012 at 1:53 PM

I realize in the large scheme of things, any lettuce I eat probably doesn't have a huge effect on much. But I'm wondering what kind of lettuce is most popular amongst paleo types. I like all kinds of lettuce, so I purchase based on function: I buy field greens if I'm making a salad, romaine or boston if I'm using it as a wrap, iceberg if I'm chopping it up. I've branched out to alternatives like dandelion greens, kale, cabbage, spinach, and arugula, but I find myself coming back to the lettuces for most things, so I'm just wondering if there are any I'm leaving out.

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on September 19, 2012
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Sometimes I can find them at the huge "farmers market" near Atlanta. But they are really easy to grow yourself. And get at least 3 crops from 1 sowing. :) I get my seeds at Baker Creek Heirlooms.

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I've never heard of many of those. Where do you find the mascara ( I've only ever seen this in the beauty isle). Lolla's and Amish deer tongue are new to me too, how do you use them and where do you get them?

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on September 14, 2012
at 11:19 PM

I lve dandelion greens! Boil them and squirt lemon and olive oil on and they are delicious!!!

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Cool answer. You've given me a lot to look into.

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:57 PM

I'm a huge lettuce fan. I love black seed Simpson, bibb, butter, red leaf and green leaf, frisee, arugula, endive, miner's lettuce, lolla rossa and lolla bionda, mascara, and Amish deer tongue.

So pretty much any lettuce that is not iceberg or Romaine.

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on September 14, 2012
at 06:20 PM

Cool answer. You've given me a lot to look into.

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I've never heard of many of those. Where do you find the mascara ( I've only ever seen this in the beauty isle). Lolla's and Amish deer tongue are new to me too, how do you use them and where do you get them?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on September 19, 2012
at 05:53 PM

Sometimes I can find them at the huge "farmers market" near Atlanta. But they are really easy to grow yourself. And get at least 3 crops from 1 sowing. :) I get my seeds at Baker Creek Heirlooms.

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:30 PM

I think nutrition lies in variety, but the greener the better

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:02 PM

You covered the bases pretty well, but for the sake of numbers:

I'd say almost half of what I eat gets wrapped in boston lettuce. I eat kale by the bundle (a la kale chips.) Romaine mix for my salads. Spinach cooked in butter or thrown in an omelet.

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on September 14, 2012
at 02:53 PM

Iceberg isn't worth much more than a filler and doesn't taste like much. The rest of your rotation looks awesome. I also like red and green leaf lettuces: more tender than romaine, but will function well as a wrap, yet sturdier than what is marketed as micro greens and mixed greens.

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:08 PM

It sounds like you have a wide variety of options. My husband and I eat spinach in all our salads and use iceberg as a lettuce cup for ground meat or as a wrap for a burger. The more options you have the less likely you are to get bored.Cabbage and kale are great too because you can do so many things with them.We love kale with onions, garlic, mushrooms, and bacon. So tasty!

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