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Butter Lettuce

Butter lettuce, also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce, is a tender, delicate leafy green that forms in a loose, round-shaped head. It features soft, satiny leaves that come in hues of pale yellow-green to vibrant lime green. This lettuce variety is known for its mild, buttery flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture, making it a popular choice for salad greens and lettuce wraps. Butter lettuce is a versatile ingredient, perfect for various dishes both in its raw and cooked form. It can be used in green salads, added to sandwiches and burgers, or lightly cooked in a stir-fry. Its tender, yet sturdy leaves also make it suitable for a nutrient-rich replacement for tortillas in wraps. The subtle taste complements a wide range of flavors, making it a staple for home cooks and consumers alike.
#62
IN FRESH VEGETABLES
12
CAL / 100G
$0.41
AVG / OZ
butter lettuce
67%
CARBS
0%
FAT
33%
PROTEIN
Butter Lettuce FAQ
When cooking with butter lettuce, there are a few common mistakes people often make. Many don’t realize that this lettuce can be enjoyed in both raw and lightly cooked form. However, butter lettuce is delicate and can wilt quickly under heat, unnecessary rough handling or with heavy dressings. It's important to use a gentle hand when washing and patting it dry. People sometimes miss out on the versatility of this ingredient beyond using it as a salad base. Also, keeping the leaves whole instead of tearing them maintains their wrap-like structure which can be utilized in many dishes. To get the most from butter lettuce, handle it with care to keep the leaves intact. The whole leaves can act as a creative and healthier alternative to bread or tortillas in wraps. The mild, buttery flavor pairs well with a variety of ingredients, so feel free to experiment. Pair it with a light, citrusy vinaigrette to accentuate its taste. A little-known tip about butter lettuce is that the younger, inner leaves are usually sweeter and more tender than the outer ones. Also, instead of chopping it, try tearing it by hand to prevent browning from the cut edges.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does butter lettuce expire?
An unopened package of butter lettuce can stay fresh for about 5 to 7 days past the package's printed date. Once opened, the leaves should be eaten within 3 to 5 days. These times are only applicable if the lettuce is refrigerated. In terms of freezing, butter lettuce does not freeze well and will become slimy and unpalatable upon thawing.
How do you tell if butter lettuce is bad?
Butter lettuce has gone bad if it has a slimy or moldy texture, appears wilted, and the edges of the leaves are discolored, usually going from a vibrant green to a darker brown. If the lettuce gives off an off or sour smell, it's definitely time to toss it.
Tips for storing butter lettuce to extend shelf life
• Keep the lettuce in a crisp drawer in your fridge, where temperatures are slightly higher than the rest of the fridge. • Do not wash the lettuce until you're ready to use it. Washing prior to storage can lead to faster spoilage due to excess moisture. • Store the lettuce in a loose, plastic bag with a sheet of paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. • Avoid storing near fruits that release ethylene gas, like apples and bananas, which can cause the lettuce to decay faster.
EXPIRES WITHIN
9 - 21
DAYS
Health Info
Macros
1g
CARBS
0g
FAT
0g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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