Butter Lettuce or Boston Bibb lettuce is a cultivar of lettuce called Butterhead.
Scientific Binomial Name: Lactuca sativa
Boston Bibb, Butterhead
Butter lettuce has a slightly sweet, buttery flavor. Good-quality Butter lettuce will have fairly large, loose heads with thick leaves and even green coloring. Scratch the stalk and smell. A sweet or bitter smell means sweet or bitter flavor.
Washed and dried Butter Lettuce can be kept in your refrigerator for up to five days. Living lettuce should be stored in its original container and rinsed well immediately before using.
Avoid product with thin, wilted leaves and brown spots near the stalk end. Extremely solid, light-colored heads mean all core and less taste.
Available year-round from California and Arizona.
Washington lettuce is available from May through October.
Serving Size: 1-1/2 cup (3 oz)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Butter Lettuce is low in Sodium, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol. It's also a good source of Thiamin, Riboflavin, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a great source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Potassium and Manganese.
Tips & Trivia
- Butter Lettuce (Boston Bibb) is a cultivar of lettuce known as butterhead known for its buttery leaves.
- Modern lettuce had its start as a Mediterranean weed. As early as 55 B.C., lettuce was served on the tables of Persian kings and praised for its medicinal values. The name comes from Latin words referring to its milky juice.
- Christopher Columbus introduced lettuce to the New World.