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Ruby Ro-Mini is a smaller version of the larger classic varieties of romaine lettuce, with the main difference being size and shorter length of time to harvest. Romaine lettuce grows upright and forms a head with long spoon-shaped leaves. Ruby Ro-Mini lettuce leaves form a small, compact head that has a crunch like iceberg lettuce. The ridged leaves are red and green with a speckled pattern, with more intense coloration on the outside and more blanched leaves on the inside of the lettuce head. Ruby Ro-Mini has a sweet flavor, more buttery and milder than green romaine varieties.
Ruby Ro-Mini lettuce is available year-round.
Ruby Ro-Mini lettuce is a variety of mini romaine grown by Babé Farms in southern California. This is a small variety of red romaine lettuce, botanical name Lactuca sativa. Ruby Ro-Mini lettuce gets its name from its small size and red color, and is one variety of mini romaine lettuces on the market.
Romaine lettuce has very few calories and little fiber and carbohydrates. It does have many vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C which supports the immune system, calcium for bone and nerve health, and beta carotene, which becomes vitamin A during digestion. The outer leaves of romaine lettuce tend to have the most nutrients. The red coloration of red romaine comes from the pigment anthocyanin, which may contribute to the buttery texture.
Romaine lettuce can be eaten raw or cooked because they are so robust. Romaine is classically used in Caesar salad, but can also be used raw as cups for other salads or wraps for sandwiches. The ridges on the leaves hold dressing particularly well. The heads of Ruby Ro-Mini can be braised on the stove, cooked quickly in stir-frys, or even brushed with olive oil and grilled, still keeping their crunchy texture. Store Ruby Ro-Mini in the refrigerator.
Red romaine lettuce comes in many varieties in addition to the Ruby Ro-Mini. They have traditionally been grown in Europe, including the Cimmaron, Flashy Troutback, Rouge d’Hiver, and Valentine.
Romaine lettuce was thought to have first been discovered by the Romans on the Island of Cos in the Aegean Sea. Romaine has been grown for over 5,000 years, making it the oldest known cultivated lettuce. Romaine has since been grown primarily in Europe. Babé Farms began growing specialty European greens varieties in California in the 1980s and 90s. Since then, varieties such as the Ruby Ro-Mini have become more popular with U.S. consumers and the market has taken off.