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Scientific Binomial Name: Lactuca sativa


Salads, sandwiches, garnish.


Good-quality green leaf lettuce will have fairly large, loose heads and thick, "crumpled" leaves.

The leaves will be medium to dark-green in color blending to nearly white ribs or veins.

Scratch the stalk and smell. A sweet or bitter smell means sweet or bitter flavor.


Avoid product with thin, wilted leaves and brown spots near the stalk end. Extremely solid, light-colored heads mean all core and less taste.


Always store lettuce and cabbage in the refrigerator.

To prolong storage life, cut the stem end and soak in warm water for 2-3 minutes before storing in your refrigerator.


In general, vegetables will not ripen further after harvest.

  • Nutritional Information
  • Green Leaf Lettuce is very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It's also a good source of Protein, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a great source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Po

  • Tips & Trivia
  • Don't throw away lettuce, greens, celery, etc that has been in your refrigerator a little too long and gone limp. Revive most leafy vegetables by cutting a small amount from the stem-end, soaking in warm (100 degree) water for 5 minutes, drain and refrige

    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 lettuce comes from Latin words referring to its milky juice.

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