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Iceberg lettuce has rusty streaks - harmful?

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Iceberg lettuce has rusty streaks - harmful?

A few of the iceberg lettuces I've bought have like some rusty, reddish streaks on some of the leaves (but not all). The lettuce isn't wilted and appears crisp. What is this, and is it harmful to eat? Else I'll have to throw most of the lettuce away ... looks like they're from California (got them from Foodbasics not my 1st choice for produce but it was convenient).
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The lettuce isn't as fresh as it could be. Just discard the brown parts or eat the fresh parts around it. You won't get sick from eating the brown, but you don't really need to eat those parts either unless you're starving or really want to maximize the use of your lettuce :P
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rusty lettuce is one of my biggest pet peeves

when i walk into a shawarma place, if their lettuce is rusty, i leave
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Just means it has more iron in it!

j/k! Throw those bits out.
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Whenever I eat out, most fast food places and restaurants seem to serve Iceberg lettuce, and yet from what I've heard Romaine has way more nutrients. Yet, the last time I checked in the supermarket, the price of Iceberg versus Romaine was identical. I just don't get it. :confused:
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The red is nothing more than oxidation, and rot. Comes with age, and you will get it too.
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The rust also comes from too much water in the fields (really common this season in many parts of the US growing regions) and mechanical processing. Metal and lettuce doesn't mix.
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jayt90 wrote:
Mar 20th, 2010 5:12 pm
The red is nothing more than oxidation, and rot. Comes with age, and you will get it too.
Ha ha :lol:
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Better than a rusty trombone is what I hear.
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Stryker wrote:
Mar 20th, 2010 5:06 pm
Whenever I eat out, most fast food places and restaurants seem to serve Iceberg lettuce, and yet from what I've heard Romaine has way more nutrients. Yet, the last time I checked in the supermarket, the price of Iceberg versus Romaine was identical. I just don't get it. :confused:
You get more food from a head of iceberg lettuce than you would get from single bunch of romaine. You can tell from the weight. The head of iceberg lettuce will have more layers/leaves than the single bunch of romaine lettuce.
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ph00p wrote:
Mar 20th, 2010 4:24 pm
Just means it has more iron in it!

j/k! Throw those bits out.
Actually made me LOL.
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