How to select for best flavor:
As with other lettuce, smelling the butt end is the best way to choose lettuce. It should smell sweet, not bitter. A little brown on the butt is okay, as long as the leaves look fresh and crisp. Avoid heads with slimy or wilted leaves.
Peak of the season:
Available all year at fairly stable prices. Price comes down a bit during the summer.
Leaf lettuce is an excellent source of iron, potassium and vitamin A. One cup of raw lettuce has about 10 calories, no fat and 5 mgs. of sodium.
Leaf lettuce has a much more interesting flavor than iceberg, but being softer, it doesn’t keep as well. It should be eaten right away but can be kept in the refrigerator for two or three days if necessary.