The Lettuce in Your Burger

The burgers have been around for as long as we remember. And so are the ingredients that go onto a burger. The popular stars among these are a patty, which mostly describes the kind of burger its going to be, the sauce and the kind and amount of pickles on it. But what most people skip thinking about when thinking of a burger are the veggies on it! And these are not just regular veggies. Even though they might be pickled and battered in some cases but the veggies on a burger and almost always crunchy fresh and of the best quality. At least we can vouch for your favorite McDonald’s burger. Who cares about others?

Ensuring you get the perfect bite of your burger each time you dive into it is not such an easy job. To be able to maintain the quality, crunch and the fresh green of the lettuce McDonald’s India uses, there is a very elaborate and intact process in place which works as a well-oiled machine and never fails to deliver fresh and the best quality lettuce to each of the outlets where it is generously mounted upon your favorite burger. Coonoor-based Green Earth Fresh Produce Pvt. Ltd. was among the three suppliers of lettuce for McDonald’s. One of the best examples of supplier development is Trikaya Agriculture, McDonald’s supplier of fresh iceberg lettuce. Initially, lettuce could only be grown during the winter months, but with McDonald’s expertise in the area of agriculture, Trikaya Farms in Talegaon, Maharashtra, is now able to grow this crop all year round.

McDonald’s  provides assistance in the selection of high quality seeds and has exposed the farms to adopt drip irrigation technology and helped develop a refrigerated transportation system, allowing a small agro–business in Maharashtra to supply fresh, high quality lettuce around the country.

Don’t you think its completely presumptuous to treat burgers as something unhealthy when they are loaded with so many good vegetables. After all lettuce is a superfood which is otherwise missing from our mainstream at-home Indian cuisine. I think the people who are highly health conscious and fitness freaks should eat McDonald’s burger just to get their hands (and mouths) on the rich nutrient rich and fresh lettuce it comes with. The added blast of flavours and goodness will just be a bonus they deserve after all the hard work.

So wrapping up deems me to say that all the burgers at McDonald’s are essentially made of ingredients which are considered pretty healthy on their own. Think about it- bread, eggs, tomatoes, chicken, peas, potatoes, cheese, and fish. These are all the things we consume on a regular bases as part of our healthy diets along with generous sprinklings of condiments and sweet. So the next time you visit McDonald’s don’t be pushed into a guilt trip for eating something unhealthy, as its probably made of the same ingredients your mother used to make for you as a kid at home. And if you’re still a kid- don’t forget to go to McDonalds and ask for a happy meal!


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