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Info

Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. In China, it is most often eaten cooked. Lettuces contain lactucarium, a mild opiate-like substance. Aware of this quality in lettuce, the ancient Romans and Egyptians ate it at the end of their meal to induce sleep.

Selection

Choose lettuce that looks alive and firm. The leaf ends should be unwilted and especially not slimy.

Storage

Store unwashed lettuce in a perforated bag or in an unsealed plastic bag. Alternately, you can wrap the lettuce in a damp paper towel and seal in a zipper bag.

Preparation

Wash lettuce thoroughly and dry in a salad spinner. Alternately, place washed lettuce in a tea towel, gather the loose towel ends and swing the towel sharply to drive the water off the leaves and into the towel. Please be careful you don’t strike a family member or dinner guest.

Nutrition

Lettuce is high in vitamin A and vitamin K as well as potassium, calcium iron and manganese. One head of red leaf lettuce contains only 49 calories. One head of romaine lettuce only contains 106 calories….And, what’s more, it contains 13g of fiber.

Recipes

Blue Cheese and Butter Lettuce Salad
Iceberg Wedge Salad
Pear & Ham Grilled Cheese
Shrimp Louis
Tofu Salad Rolls With Rice Noodles