Lettuce - Curley Endive

Lettuce - Curley Endive

about

"This is a spiky firm textured leaf, which is mildly bitter with a slight grainy texture. Also known as frisee endive, curly is a form of chicory, and belongs to the Compositae or daisy family. The name lettuce is derived from the Latin word ""Latucca,"" which refers to the vegetable’s milky juice and it is believed that the Romans introduced it to Britain. The lettuce we see today actually started out as a weed around the Mediterranean basin.Traditionally, curly endive is combined with poached eggs and bacon in the classic French bistro salad and, mixed with other leaves, provides a great and robust bed for a variety of hot ingredients."

nutritional info

About one cereal bowl of lettuce counts as one of the five recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables. If you include a variety of different leaves you’ll maximise the nutritional benefits. The nutrient content of salad leaves differs according to variety, but most provide vitamin C, beta carotene (which the body uses to make vitamin A), iron, calcium, folate, fibre and potassium. Antioxidants such as vitamin C and betacarotene are particularly useful in destroying free radicals – rogue cells which can cause an array of health problems from cancer to heart disease.

storing Lettuce - Curley Endive

Store in the salad compartment of the fridge for a few days.

source

The Great Field in Braunton, as well as other local North Devon producers. We may also source from other markets in times of high demand.