Garden Hearts® Hearts of Romaine
We call it optimizing the bottom line!
First, Let's Bust Some Myths
Myth #1: Garden Hearts® hearts of romaine are too expensive.
Truth: While hearts may initially cost a bit more per carton, the yield is considerably higher, so the net cost for Garden Hearts® is actually lower. But don't take our word for it. A major casino company ran yield tests several times and here are their figures:
Myth #2: Trimming conventional romaine will yield a heart.
Truth: Every head does not make a heart! Most conventional romaine is grown for its dark green, loose leaves. Our hearts of romaine are specifically bred to form a densely packed, light green heart.
Myth #3: All hearts of romaine are the same.
Truth: At Boggiatto Produce, we have developed proprietary seed and special growing techniques to consistently produce an authentic, solid heart of romaine. This is what sets us apart from our competitors.
And Now -- The Facts
Fact #1: Less Waste: Research shows that restaurant kitchens typically discard 25-50% of a conventional head of romaine. However, Garden Hearts® typically have a usable yield of 90-95%. Yield, alone, makes Garden Hearts® more cost-effective. Less waste also means lower costs for disposal.
Fact #2: More Taste & Appeal: Because the heart is the youngest part of the romaine plant, you serve only the sweetest, most tender, and crunchiest part. Your customers will taste the difference.
Fact #3: Reduced Prep: A carton of Garden Hearts® can be fully prepped in 15 minutes or less. On the other hand, a carton of conventional romaine can take 60 minutes or more to wash, sort and pare down to good, useable leaves. Given today's labor costs that makes Garden Hearts® a sure winner.
Fact #4: Less Space: Because most of the work is already done, Garden Hearts® take less counter space to prep. Although it contains double the head count, the Garden Hearts® carton is 30% smaller than a carton of conventional romaine. That also means Garden Hearts® need less refrigerator space for storage than conventional romaine.
Fact #5: Cleaner Product: Because Garden Hearts® are considerably cleaner than conventional heads of romaine, there's no need to wash dirt off every leaf. Simply cut off the base and rinse.
Fact #6: Longer Shelf Life: Because Garden Hearts® are the young, tender, inner leaves of the plant, they naturally live longer than the older, tougher leaves that have been exposed to the elements. This means shelf life is greatly increased over conventional romaine.
Fact #7: Consistency: No surprises! Garden Hearts® are available throughout the year and are known for consistently providing the best quality available in the marketplace.
- Temperature - Keep refrigerated at 34 to 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Relative Humidity - Maintain 90 to 95% relative humidity.
- Top Ice - No.
- Shelf Life - 14 to 21 days.
(Corrugated carton with plastic liner)
- Packs - Colossal, Jumbo, Standard, Petite.
- Weight - Colossal: 35 to 38 lbs., Jumbo: 25 to 28 lbs., Standard 20 to 25 lbs., Petite: 12 to 15 lbs.
- Carton dimensions - Colossal: 23 x 15 x 11 inches.
- Carton dimensions - Jumbo: 20 x 16 x 10 inches.
- Carton dimensions - Standard: 19 x 13 x 10 inches.
- Carton dimensions - Petite: 20 x 16 x 6 inches.
- Carton cube (c.f.) - Colossal: 2.38, .Jumbo: 1.81, Standard: 1.60, Petite: 1.08
- Pallet count - Colossal: 40, Jumbo: 54, Standard: 56, Petite: 84.
- Labels - Garden Hearts®, Royal Hearts®, Salad Hearts®, Salad Hearts Supreme®.
(Corrugated carton with 12 - 3 count plastic bags).
(P=Peak; A=Available) The peak months for production in Central California are April through November.
In the Desert Southwest, production peaks during December through March.
Foodservice and Retail Professionals - Garden Hearts® hearts of romaine are available year 'round. Order through your regular produce distributor. If your distributor doesn't carry our products, call us at 831.424.4864 and we'll help direct you or your distributor to a local service.
Distributors - Purchase Garden Hearts® hearts of romaine directly from our facility in Salinas, California or seasonally from Brawley, California. Call our sales department at 831.424.4864 to arrange for shipping. Remember, Garden Hearts® hearts of romaine are only available from Boggiatto Produce. Ask for them by name.