Green Leaf Lettuce

Green leaf lettuce is thought to have originated in Egypt a couple of thousand years ago beginning with the cultivation of a wild plant that is related to the sunflower and the Aster. As a weed, it was grown for its seeds to produce oil for lamps and cooking, and gradually was bred for its leaves, which eventually become popular with the Greeks and Romans.

Green leaf lettuce was a boon to plant breeders in 18th century Europe, where many of the types of lettuce we see today are still grown in many gardens. In the 19th century, green leaf lettuce morphed into other varieties like red leaf lettuce once it arrived in the United States.

Green leaf lettuce grows best in cool temperatures, which average 20 to 30 degrees above freezing. Excessive heat will stop leaf growth and produce stalks that will quickly flower and turn green leaf lettuce leaves bitter.

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Green Leaf Lettuce

green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, cool temperatues, above freezing, salads, wraps, more easily absorbed, BLT

green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, cool temperatues, above freezing, salads, wraps, more easily absorbed, BLT

Green leaf lettuce is most often used as the main ingredient for many types of salads with the exception for Caesar Salad. Green leaf lettuce is also found in all kinds of sandwiches such as a BLT. It is also a base for many kinds of wraps, which have become popular the last few years. Restaurants use green leaf lettuce as a garnish.

 

Red Leaf Lettuce

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green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, cool temperatues, above freezing, salads, wraps, more easily absorbed, BLT

Red leaf lettuce was bred to add a little color to what is essentially the same plant. Like green life lettuce, red leaf lettuce is a good source of vitamin A and Potassium. Lettuce is comprised of mostly water, which is more easily absorbed by the body than actually drinking a glass of water. In fact you will absorb the same amount of water from a serving of green leaf or red leaf lettuce as drinking 6 glasses of water.

 

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