Know your Lettuce

  • Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) is a temperate annual or biennial plant of the daisy family Asteraceae
  • It is most often grown as a leaf vegetable. 
  • In many countries, it is typically eaten cold, raw, in salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, tacos, and in many other dishes. 
  • In some places, including China, lettuce is typically eaten cooked and use of the stem is as important as use of the leaf. 
  • Both the English name and the Latin name of the genus are ultimately derived from lac, the Latin word for “milk”, referring to the plant’s milky juice. 
  • Mild in flavour, it has been described over the centuries as a cooling counterbalance to other ingredients in a salad.
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