Every year, the average American eats more than 30 pounds of all types of lettuce, and lots of that comes in the form of ready-to-eat, bagged salad varieties. Why are those gaining ground?
Maybe because we'd have to buy a number of different varieties of whole lettuce heads to have all the varieties found in a single bag. Scientists and researchers have helped develop the packaged salad as we know it today -- and they don't just work on research for the processing side of the packaged salad. They take it into the field, so the equipment used and the harvesting techniques maintain the quality and safety of the product.
The lettuce is touched just once -- and only by gloved hands. It is then sent to the processing plant, where it's cooled to remove the field heat, washed and spun dry, trimmed and sorted for quality then packed in hermetically sealed "keep crisp" bags and immediately rushed in refrigerated containers to our markets within 24 to 72 hours of harvest.
There are loads of bagged salad varieties to choose from, from mixed baby greens and field greens to Caesar salad, spinach salad, American blend, Mediterranean blend and more than that! With bagged salads, we get a fresh salad without having the work or the waste of whole heads. Plus, it's nice to know that bagged salads are processed to go from the fields right to our tables with safety in mind. That's why today we're getting all the..."OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!"