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How to get the most from your salad leaves

Why might tearing your salad leaves be good for your health?

We all love a fresh healthy salad on a summer day, and they’re a great way of making sure you get your daily quota of fruit and vegetables. But adding whole green leaves to your plate may not be the best way to get the nutrition from your leafy greens.

Plants produce polyphenols as their own protection when ‘wounded’ and these self-same polyphenols are increasingly being shown to bring health benefits to humans. So one simple way to increase your intake is by cutting or tearing your leafy greens, including your salad leaves. Some leafy vegetables start out with much higher levels in the first place.

For example, Romaine lettuce contains up to 20 times more vitamin A than the ever popular Iceberg lettuce.

The most nutritious Salad leaves

lettuce lollo rossa

Lettuce Lollo RossaAdds colour to the salad bowl!
This year why not try growing Lollo Rossa lettuce as it not only has a bold nutty flavour and attractive frizzy edges with a bright red fringe, but also contains over twenty times the level of polyphenols of its light green romaine lettuce cousin.

Read our article on how to get the very best nutrition from your home grown fruit and vegetables here.

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