Harvest of the Month Information:
Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. We are celebrating hydroponic Bibb lettuce in March. Hydroponic means growing plants in a nutrient solution in water, without soil. Bibb lettuce has tender leaves and a mild, buttery flavor. Lettuce is one of the oldest vegetable crops. It originated in the Mediterranean area and was brought to North America by Christopher Columbus. There are four main types of lettuce, butterhead (includes Boston and Bibb varieties), crisphead ( e.g. iceberg), looseleaf (e.g. red or green leaf), and Romaine/Cos.
Just the Facts
- One cup of Bibb lettuce contains 7 calories, no fat and 0.6 gram of fiber.
- Bibb lettuce is a good source of vitamin A (good for your vision), vitamin C (helps the body absorb iron) and folate (helps form red blood cells).
- One cup of chopped, raw lettuce counts as ½ cup vegetable.
- • Lettuce is in season in Georgia January through May and October through December.
- Lettuce is ready for harvest about 60-85 days after planting.
- In 2016, the top lettuce producing counties in Georgia were Floyd, Habersham, Paulding, and Hall
- Lettuce is 96% water!
Corn, also known as maize, is the most widely grown crop in the United States and in Georgia. Corn is a member of the grass family. Ears of corn can be steamed, roasted, grilled or microwaved. Consider adding corn kernels to salads, salsa, and soups and chowders. For added texture, add corn kernels to muffins and cornbread. For a whole grain snack, munch on air-popped popcorn! Types of corn include Sweet Corn, Field Corn and Indian Corn. Field corn is harvested when mature (dried). Dried corn is usually classified as a grain. Popcorn is a type of Indian corn. Corn is native to the Americas and has been cultivated for more than 7,000 years
Just the Facts
- One medium ear of corn has 88 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 grams of fiber.
- One small ear (~ 6 inches long) counts as ½ cup of vegetable.
- Corn is a member of the Starchy Vegetable Subgroup.
- Corn is a good source of vitamin C (an antioxidant that promotes healing) and fiber (helps with digestion).
- Sweet corn is a warm-weather crop and grows well in Georgia’s climate.
- In 2016, Georgia was ranked 3 rd in the nation for sweet corn production.
- In 2016, the top counties for corn production were Decatur, Mitchell, and Seminole.
- Sweet corn is in season in Georgia from May until mid-September
Green beans, also known as string beans or snap beans, are easy to grow and a popular vegetable for the home garden. Select fresh beans that are bright green, crisp, and free of blemishes. They should snap easily when bent. Fresh green beans should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Use within one week. Wash and trim off the ends before preparing. Green beans are very versatile. Try them steamed, sautéed or in a stir fry. Green beans can be added to soups, stews and casseroles. As an alternate to French fries, toss green beans in a small amount of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake!
Just the Facts
- One cup of cooked green beans contains 44 calories, almost no fat and 4 grams of fiber.
- A one-half cup serving is about 10 medium green beans.
- Green beans are a good source of vitamin C (promotes healing and fights infections) and dietary fiber (helps with digestion).
- Green beans are a warm season crop that grow best at air temperatures between 65-85 degrees.
- In 2016, the top Georgia counties producing snap beans were Echols and Sumter counties.
- Green beans are ready to harvest about 45-60 days after planting, depending on the variety.
- Green beans need six to eight hours of sunlight for optimal growth.