How to cook Lettuce
Lettuce is usually eaten as part of a salad. You can use different varieties to create all sorts of lovely salads – think about texture, taste and colour. Add the salad dressing just before serving, to stop the leaves from getting too soggy and wilted. There are also some dishes that use cooked lettuce – it has a lovely mild, delicate flavour when braised.
DID YOU KNOW?
Lettuce is a leafy vegetable, and is part of the Asteraceae plant family.
There are dozens of varieties of lettuce. They grow in many different shades of green, red and brown, and some even have speckled leaves.
Lettuce was originally cultivated for medicinal purposes. The ancient Romans ate lettuce at the end of dinner to help calm their stomachs and make them drowsy. It is said that the Emperor Augustus was cured of a serious illness by eating lettuce.
Iceberg lettuce was developed in the US. It got its name because it was packed with ice to survive transportation in warm temperatures.
What are the health benefits?
Lettuce is a source of vitamin K. Vitamin K is needed for blood clotting, which means it helps wounds heal properly.