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Friday, August 10, 2018

There are many categories of salad snob -- the ingredient minimalists, the chop evangelists, the dressing-goes-in-the-bowl-first brigade -- but perhaps the most vocal, and the most misguided, are those dedicated to the denigration of iceberg lettuce. To its detractors, iceberg is the avatar of commodity gastronomy -- "the polyester of lettuces" is a popular gibe. The influential Times food editor Craig Claiborne famously loathed it. "It is omnipresent," Alice Waters, goddess of the farmer's market, sniffed in a 2001 interview. "It doesn't have a season," she said. "It doesn't have a sense of place."

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The only thing iceberg really has going for it is durability, this line of thinking goes -- it's a lettuce for growers, shippers, warehousers, and sellers, not a lettuce for eaters. But, like its glacial namesake, iceberg lettuce has a lot more going on beneath the surface. For starters, it's far from flavorless: focus your palate as you take a bite and notice a clean sweetness blooming beneath the watery crunch, deepening, in the pale ruffle of the inner leaves and stems, to a toasty bitterness, with whispers of caraway and coriander seeds.

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Hmm... I dunno.

#1 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-08-10 08:05 PM | Reply

I keep hearing about this 'arugula' stuff.

#2 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-08-10 08:07 PM | Reply

No iceberg lettuce sucks. It just travels well, like those tastless, mealy-assed apples they call Red Delicious. Red Delicious my ass. They should call them Red nappy-assed tasteless spheres of ------.

#3 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-10 08:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#3 Yeah, I know. Where I live, all tomatoes are genetically engineered to be machine harvested and last forever on the shelves. And they are completely different from what you can grow yourself.

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-08-10 08:15 PM | Reply

The tomatoes we get in California are harvested early and ripened using a gas while they are transported via truck.

That's, apparently, why they are so big and red.

Yum.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-08-10 08:20 PM | Reply

Ethylene.

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-10 08:25 PM | Reply

The bride and I are members of a CSA, so we get whatever is in season right now. The butter lettuce(Boston Bibb) , when picked in the morning and eaten for lunch or dinner, is superior.

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-08-10 08:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Also ethylene oxide.

#8 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-10 08:33 PM | Reply

Iceberg lettuce is for the double-digit IQ crowd.

Stick with Romaine.

#9 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-08-11 10:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Don't know that I would go with the insult but yeah for a salad base romaine kicks icebergs butt.

Healthier, tastier only slightly more expensive.

Really I have been switching even more to baby spinach for a salad base but it sucks with tacos so...

#10 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2018-08-11 10:29 AM | Reply

Iceberg is gross filler lettuce.

#11 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-08-11 10:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mos def, stick with Romaine.

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-08-11 11:34 AM | Reply

Glad there's an issue we can finally all come together in agreement on.

Que se chinga la lechuga iceberg.

#13 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-08-11 11:14 PM | Reply

I have compared the Iceberg to the Romaine on the ability to keep it, as a small household I can only consume a fairly small amount. I have found, in scientific studies I conduct in my kitchen, Romaine keeps far longer than Iceberg, tastes better and is just a better vegetable.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-12 08:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Baby spinach is far superior in nutrition and taste. Ramaine is great for burgers and grilled salad. Iceberg is a last rrsort only.

#15 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2018-08-12 01:49 PM | Reply

Another vote for baby spinach or the baby greens mix. Never any dressing.

#16 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-08-12 02:40 PM | Reply

Romaine.

#17 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-08-12 09:37 PM | Reply

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