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New lettuce honors Tanimura

07/25/2014 11:09:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Courtesy Tanimura & AntleTanimura & Antle has introduced George T’s Special Colossal Romaine Heart, using a seed variety combining traits of iceberg lettuce and romaine hearts.Tanimura & Antle has introduced a lettuce product — George T’s Special Colossal Romaine Heart — in honor of company co-founder George Tanimura, now in his 100th year.

The seed variety combines characteristics of iceberg lettuce and romaine hearts. It’s packed in a 40-pound, 24-count carton with a retro design including the original red and blue Tanimura & Antle label.

George T’s was bred as a heart lettuce variety that requires fewer leaves to be trimmed at harvest, leaving less waste in the field.

George TanimuraTanimuraThe new lettuce variety was developed to blend the crunch of iceberg with the color and sweetness of a romaine heart. Each head yields seven 3-ounce servings and is suitable for foodservice uses, according to a news release.

“George Tanimura is a true and tireless leader, whose contributions to the produce industry will never be matched,” Mike Antle, senior vice president and partner at Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle, said in the release.

More information is available from Tanimura & Antle at 800-772-4542.

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