What is on My Romaine Lettuce?

Romaine Lettuce

To Our Valued Customers:
There is a video circulating on the internet showing romaine lettuce with a “plastic coating” peeling off the lettuce. This “coating” is actually the “Epidermal or Skin Layer” of the lettuce and “not plastic”. It’s mother nature’s natural healing process.

During the winter season, our conventional and organic romaine lettuce is grown in Yuma Arizona. In December, the Yuma growing region experience sub-freezing temperatures as cold as 21ºF. This caused the romaine lettuces’ outer skin to experience a type of “freeze burn” which resulted in “blistering” of the skin. As part of the romaine’s natural healing process, this blistering caused the frozen skin to separate from the romaine. This blistered skin can easily be “peeled” off of the romaine lettuce.

“Epidermal Peel” is a natural occurrence after a freeze and only affects the appearance of the product and not product safety. Our food safety requirements for both conventional and organic lettuce remained unchanged and are uncompromised by this weather event. Our EarthGreens® items are certified organic by Quality Assurance International and adhere to USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). If you would like additional information about the step by step organic certification process, please visit www.qai-inc.com.

Feel free to contact us directly if you have any additional questions or comments.
Grace Ho
Director of Technical Services