Lollo Rosso lettuce is small to medium in size, averaging 15-20 centimeters in diameter, and grows in a tightly compact, rosette shape. The frilly and curled, fan-shaped leaves are light green in the center and transition to a deep red-maroon around the edges. Connected at a central base, the leaves do not form a head and are made up of single branches. Lollo Rosso lettuce is tender, crisp, and chewy with a sweet, slightly bitter, and nutty flavor.
Lollo Rosso lettuce is available year-round.
Lollo Rosso lettuce, botanically classified as Lactuca sativa, is an annual, Italian, red loose-leaf variety that is a member of the Asteraceae family. Also known as Lollo Rossa, Lolla Rosso, and Continental Red, Lollo Rosso lettuce is a cut-and-come-again lettuce which means the outer leaves can be harvested and the plant will continue to grow more leaves throughout the season. It is also grown as a baby leaf variety to include in many salad mixes and is a popular variety to grow in home gardens for its resistance to extreme temperatures. Favored for its texture, color, and curly edges, Lollo Rosso lettuce is most commonly used fresh in salads.
Lollo Rosso lettuce contains vitamins A and C, folate, fiber, antioxidants, and iron.