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Longevity, health and well-being is just a delicious salad away!
SALAD GREENS -
SALAD GREENS -
|Romaine (Green and Red) - Asingle serving of romaine (six leaves or 85g) imparts 20% of daily vitamin A and beta-carotene requirements and good amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin for healthy eyes and skin. These compounds, recognized as antioxidants, join significant amounts of folate (shown to help prevent birth defects), vitamin K (potential benefits for healthy bones and Alzheimer's patients), potassium (helps with metabolism, heart rate and blood pressure) and smaller amounts of other healthful nutrients. Romaine leaf lettuce is low in fat and calories and is saturated fat-, sodium- and cholesterol-free.
|Summer Crisp - Forms large, handsome, ruffled, heavy, heat tolerant heads with an outstanding, juicy nutty flavor - it is among the best tasting of all lettuces. The crunchy textured, buttery smooth leaves may also be harvested individually. Dappled green and red with frilly leaves. A great source of Vitamins K, A and C, also dietary fiber and folate.|
|Butterhead Lettuce - Lettuce with relatively soft leaves in a loose head. It has a buttery texture. Fresh leaves contain good amounts folates and vitamin C. Folates require for DNA synthesis and therefore, vital in prevention of neural tube defects in-utero fetus during pregnancy. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant; regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.|
|Chard (Golden, Ruby and Rainbow) - Chard, is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. While the leaves are always green, chard stalks vary in color. Chard has been bred to have highly nutritious leaves at the expense of the root. It is high in vitamins A, K and C, with a 175 g serving containing 214%, 716%, and 53%, respectively, of the recommended daily value. It is also rich in minerals, dietary fiber and protein.|
|Arugula - Arugula is an aromatic salad green. It is also known as rocket, roquette, rugula and rucola, and is popular in Italian cuisine.
Roman times Arugula was grown for both it's leaves and the seed. The seed was used for flavoring oils. On another interesting note, Rocket or Arugula seed has been used as an ingredient in aphrodisiac concoctions dating back to the first century, AD.
|Cilantro - Pronounced [sih-LAHN-troh] this member of the carrot family is also referred to as Chinese Parsley and Coriander. It is actually the leaves (and stems) of the Coriander plant.
Cilantro has a very pungent odor and is widely used in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian cooking. The Cilantro leaves look a bit like flat Italian parsley and in fact are related.