Salanova® refers to a new innovative concept in lettuce, where the head consist of multiple bite sized leaves giving convenience, flavour and freshness to consumers.
This compact multi leaf lettuce has up to four times as many individual leaves as traditional types and from the outer to the inner, leaf size is relatively uniform. The concept has a basic principle of 'one cut, wash and ready', eliminating preparation time and maximising usable leaves.
The smaller leaves growing on a more mature plant tend to be sweeter and tenderer, staying fresher for longer. You may find Living Salanova® products available, grown in hydroponics where the roots are still attached, allowing leaves to be picked as necessary.
The range of lettuce products that exists have various leaf shapes, tastes and textures in both green and red colouring. A visually appealing and tasty alternative to traditional lettuce.
How to prepare
Following the 'one cut, wash and ready' principle is pretty much all there is to it. With a single cut across the base the lettuce falls apart into numerous, uniform bite sized leaves ready for your salad creation.
Investing in a salad spinner makes the washing process a breeze.
Buyer's and storage guide
Salanova® products may be available in a few ways - as whole heads, already cut and prepared in salad mix bags, and sometimes from hydroponics with the roots still attached. Look for fresh, vibrant coloured leaves without any yellowing. There should be no signs of break down and with prepackaged bags, no odour.
Whole head products stored in the refrigerator crisper will last for up to 5 days. Keep any packaged or cut product in a sealed container in the fridge and use within 3-4 days. Fresh is always best.
- Just cut, wash and toss with a light dressing
- Enjoy as a basis for any mixed salad with cucumber, radish, tomato or capsicum for example..
- Try the leaves stirred through mashed potatoes with shallots, garlic and cream
- With crumbled tasty cheese