Scientific Name: Lactuca Sativa
Also known as:
Iceberg Lettuce, Crisphead lettuce.
Lettuce require warm growing conditions, deep, well-drained, fertile soil and consistent, plentiful moisture. The great diversity in climates in Rugby Farm’s growing areas, ensure Iceberg Lettuce can be produced 12 months of the year.
Lettuce contains vitamin A, K, potassium and dietary fibre.
Lettuce was first cultivated by the ancient Egyptians who turned it from a weed, grown for its oil producing seeds, into a plant grown for its edible leaves. Lettuce spread to the Greeks and Romans, the latter of whom gave it the name “lactuca”, from which the English “lettuce” is ultimately derived. The 16th through 18th centuries saw the development of many varieties in Europe, and by the mid-18th century cultivars were described that can still be found in gardens. Europe and North America originally dominated the market for lettuce, but by the late 1900s the consumption of lettuce had spread throughout the world.
How to Store:
Keep lettuce in a plastic bag in the crisper of the refrigerator until you are ready to use.
How to Use:
For hints, tips and ideas on how to best enjoy Iceberg Lettuce, visit www.taste.com.au