Lettuce

Year-Round

Health Benefits

Lettuce is rich in antioxidants, beta carotenes, and B-complex vitamins. It is also an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and K. It also contains a fair amount of minerals, such as; iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

History

Ancient Egyptians were the first to cultivate lettuce for food. The popularity of lettuce grew and continued into Roman times. So much so that Emperor Caesar Augustus built a statue praising lettuce because he believed that it had cured him of an illness. Lettuce was first introduces into America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Recipes to Try

How to Store

Store washed lettuce in an airtight container with a paper towel and refrigerate. You can also store them in a loosely sealed plastic bag.

How to Prepare

Separate the lettuce leaves and discard any old, wilted, or bruised leaves. Core iceberg lettuce by cutting out the base with a sharp knife. Wash the leaves in the sink or a bowl of water. Gently shake to remove excess water. Pat dry with a paper towel or use a salad spinner. Cut into wedges, chop, or tear into bite-sized portions.

Ways to Enjoy

Enjoy lettuce raw, braised, sautéed, grilled, or shredded as a garnish for soup.

Health Benefits

Lettuce is rich in antioxidants, beta carotenes, and B-complex vitamins. It is also an excellent source of Vitamins A, C and K. It also contains a fair amount of minerals, such as; iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

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