Celtuce is popular in China, where the stem is typically used in a stir fry. The vegetable is also known as stem lettuce, celery lettuce, asparagus lettuce and Chinese lettuce (none of which are as slick and crafty as "celtuce").

The flavor is mild and the crunchy texture is great raw as well as cooked. It works well sliced on the diagonal to make chips, or cut into sticks to use raw with hummus or dip (like garlic scape pesto, for instance).

Peel the stem, then slice it up.

The leaves are very much like romaine lettuce (though a bit more bitter) and can be used in salad. Dual purpose vegetables are so much fun!

Tip: CSA Eating

There is a learning curve to eating locally and seasonally, so give yourself and your family the time to figure it out. It's worth learning because it can save you time and money, make you a more creative cook, and teach you to appreciate your food more as you savor the delicious quality of produce at its peak of...Read more


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