• Lettuce Cos
  • Lettuce Cos
  • Lettuce Cos
  • Lettuce Cos
  • Lettuce Cos
  • Lettuce Cos
  • Lettuce Cos

Preparation tips

The best cos leaves to eat are the inner “heart” leaves – they are sweeter and lighter in colour.
Once the leaves are removed give them a quick rinse under the tap and dry, preferably in a salad spinner to avoid breaking the leaves if you are making a salad with whole leaves.
Cos lettuce can also be roughly sliced sideways into small rectangular pieces and placed in a bowl with your favourite salad ingredients.

Buying and storage

Look for big dark green leaves on the outside without any brown spots or slimy edges. The lettuce should have a nice full heart with good weight. Make sure the outside leaves are still crisp. Cos will generally store for longer with the outside leaves left on. Store in a plastic container in the crisper section of your refrigerator and remove the outer leaves before use.

Serving suggestions

Since cos is an already sweet lettuce, it works best in a salad with a light lemon based dressing or a thin mayonnaise dressing if used in a Caesar salad. Cos is great as a base decoration on a food platter to add a touch of green to the presentation. For a quick and easy snack try the combination of a square of cos lettuce, with a slice of apple and cheese.

 

Substances

vitamin A (provitamin beta-carotene),

vitamin B1,

vitamin B2,

vitamin C,

calcium,

potassium

 

Recipes

Green-Cos-Lettuce Smoothie

Primaveral (Spring) Salad

Spring heart salad with baby cos

Baby Cos Leaves, Cauliflower and Almonds

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