Harvest lettuce before a seed stalk starts to develop. Lettuce becomes bitter after the seed stalk forms and in hot weather. Usually, the seed stalk can be felt in the plant center before it begins to show. Harvest the entire plant or individual leaves. Leaves will regrow on plants with an undamaged growing tip, found at the center of the plant.

Harvest leaf lettuce at any stage. Harvest head lettuce after it has formed a tight, compact head. All lettuce tastes better when grown and harvested in the cool weather of spring or fall. Replant for a fall crop.

Use Storage Method 1. Lettuce will keep for 2 to 3 weeks.

Nutrition note: 1 cup raw, shredded lettuce contains 7 calories, less than 1 gram of fiber, and small amounts of vitamins C (4% DV) and A (4% DV). Color = green.

Cantaloupes, also known as muskmelons, usually change to a golden or yellow color as they ripen. When the stem slips from the melon with light pressure, it is ready for harvest. The netting on the fruit surface will be raised and well formed. Usually the skin between the netting turns from green to tan. Cantaloupes also develop a stronger aroma when they are ready to harvest.

Use Storage Method 1. Fully ripe cantaloupe will store 5 to 14 days. When cantaloupe is not fully ripe, use storage method 2.

Nutrition note: 1 cup diced cantaloupe contains 55 calories and 1.25 grams of fiber and is an excellent source of vitamins C (110% DV) and A (100% DV). Color = yellow/orange.

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