Facts About
Fresh Greens

Everything you need to know about the three most popular greens.

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Facts About Fresh Greens

Go Green This Summer With Fresh Produce

Enjoy fresh greens all summer long at Giant Eagle! Our shelves are stocked this August with all your favorite leafy greens – collards, mustard, butter lettuce, turnip, kale, kohlrabi, and more! Rich in vitamins, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and other essential vitamins and nutrients, you can’t go wrong adding these produce items to your diet. Now, we know eating your greens may seem like a chore, but with these tasty recipes you won’t be able to get enough of them!

Butter Lettuce
The large, loose, soft green leaves are perfect for salads, sandwiches, tacos, and more! With a high nutritional value, rich in calcium, potassium, and an array of vitamins, butter lettuce is a great addition to your diet! When picking at the grocery store, choose unwilted and undamaged leaves. Rinse before use and store in a perforated bag for up to five days. Enjoy a refreshing dinner with this recipe for Butter Lettuce with Green Goddess.

Kale, the superhero of all greens, is packed with vitamins and nutrients that will impact your overall health! The bright green ruffle leaves contain vitamins A, K, and C, potassium, magnesium, and more! Strong leaves make kale perfect to be steamed, roasted, and eaten raw. Before preparing, make sure the greens are well washed and the middle rib is removed. Choose kale that has small, tender green leaves that are free of small holes and blemishes. For a quick and delicious recipe using fresh kale from Giant Eagle, try Caldo Verde and Lacinato Kale Salad!

Collard Greens
As a staple in southern cooking, collard greens are a delicious addition to any meal. Their dark green, fan-like leaves are great for dishes that require simmering, braising, and steaming. Collard greens have a somewhat bitter taste and tough texture, but when cooked have rich earthy flavors. Collard greens are versatile and highly nutritious – they are a good source of fiber, filled with iron, calcium, and magnesium, and rich in vitamins A, C, and K. Once purchased, these greens stay best unwashed and in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Try our recipe for Callaloo, a popular Caribbean dish, featuring collard greens.

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