Good source of vitamins A and C and iron.
What to Look For:
Crisp, tender leaves that are not overgrown. Bright color. Available year-round, but tend to be tough and woody in hot summers.
Easy Storage and Preparation:
Keep refrigerated in plastic bags to maintain moisture. Rinse as many times as necessary to remove sand. Remove thick, tough leaves.
Use raw in salads when small and tender. Cook in skillet with a small amount of olive oil until just wilted, or steam using the moisture that clings to greens after washing.
NOTE: An excellent source contains more than 20 percent of the Daily Value for that nutrient. A good source contains between 10 and 19 percent of the Daily Value.
Source: Copyright © 2000 by Ellen Haas.
From the book "Great Adventures in Food" By Ellen Haas.
Used with permission of St. Martin's Press, LLC.