Living Butter Lettuce Selection Information | Nutritional Information | Tips & Trivia
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Salads, sandwiches, garnish or presentation base.
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.
Avoid product with thin, wilted leaves and brown spots near the stalk end. Extremely solid, light-colored heads mean all core and less taste.
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.
In general, vegetables will not ripen further after harvest.
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.
Christopher Columbus introduced lettuce to the New World.
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