Love romaine? Enjoy it in these non-edible ways

It’s been more than a week since the Food and Drug Administration has recalled all of the romaine lettuce in the country after more than 40 people became ill with E. coli. Since then, federal officials have traced the outbreak to the Central Coast of California.

Miss the leafy green — especially in a Caesar salad? You’re not alone. We scoured the internet and found some non-edible ways to enjoy romaine:

Tips from the gardener

The Bonnie Plants gardening site really loves this type of lettuce. Their guide offers all kinds of tips on growing the stuff on your own, which is a sure-fire way to avoid having an E. coli scare force you to throw out any romaine you might have. It warns you about pests that will love your lettuce as much as you do (aphids, slugs and small green caterpillars). And it talks about how ”various fungi” can wreak havoc on your romaine during rainy season. These guys should know what they’re talking about. The company started in 1918 after Bonnie and Livingston Paulk first arrived in Union Springs, Alabama, “with just $50 in their pockets, looking for a way to make a living on the land. On a hunch, they planted two pounds of cabbage seeds in the backyard, then hauled the plants to town in a buggy to sell them. Voila! A company was born, and was soon named ‘Bonnie Plants’ by Livingston in honor of his beloved wife.”

Finally, Bonnie lays out some tips for harvesting the romaine in your garden: “Harvest leaves as soon as they’re large enough to eat. Pick baby leaves for salads, or wait for maturity. To extend the harvest, pick outer leaves first and allow center leaves to enlarge. For leaf lettuces, consider using a cut-and-come-again method. Cut the entire plant at the base, leaving a short stub to resprout.”

How to paint a romaine lettuce

Yup. There’s a site for that, too. Pamela, over at the Flower Patch Farmhouse website, offers a step-by-step guide to painting a picture of this glorious green. Here we go:

  1. Get yourself a #12 flat brush
  2. Find some Evergreen and Celery paints at DecoArt Americana Craft Paint
  3. Start with the basic shape and size of the head of lettuce
  4. Using the edge of her brush, Pamela says to “double load your brush with your Evergreen and Celery, make sure you have plenty of paint loaded in your brush. Start your scallop stroke with the Celery to the outside of the head of lettuce. (it really doesn’t matter which color is started to the outside but you do want to flip the brush for the next stroke).”
  5. Reload your brush with both of the colors, she says, and with the “next scallop stroke you will add the Evergreen to the outside of the head.  You are alternating the colors to the outside edge.”
  6. Repeat, then start the next layer within the scalloped strokes
  7. Repeat, and before long, your lettuce will emerge!

Rhymes with champagne …

The universal love for romaine has ended up in poems, like Virginia Muller’s 2012 “O-Tat-oes Jubilee,” featured on PoetrySoup and excerpted here:

Romaine lettuce wedge
french bread-fresh-baked
creamy brie, Pinot Noir
tantalized taste-buds
Like a hot fudge sauce
onto stone-cold
sensate’s tongue tip

Source: mercurynews
Love romaine? Enjoy it in these non-edible ways