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This is my favorite lettuce. The long crisp leaves with crunchy spines make for perfect salads. The slightly bitter lettuce is also known as Cos lettuce probably because it originated on the Aegean island of Cos.
Look for larger heads as the outer leaves are usually tougher and can be bruised. I like to use these for sandwiches and save the delicate light yellow-green leaves at the heart for my best salads.
5 leaves romaine = 8 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 0g mono fat, <1g protein, 1g carbohydrates, 4mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol