Lettuce

Lettuce

Let us (get it?) start this produce description with some surprising pieces of lettuce trivia: although known best for its leaves, the word “lettuce” is actually derived from the latin word “lac,” which refers to the milky juice in the stem of the plant. The lettuce plant is also a member of the daisy family and in ancient Egypt, it was considered an aphrodisiac. And here you thought it was just a simple filler for salads.

There are six common cultivar groups for lettuce - butterhead, Chinese lettuce, iceberg, looseleaf, romaine, and summer crisp - but hundreds of other varieties exist within each of these categories. And although lettuce leaves are typically eaten raw and cold in salads, other cuisines, including traditional Chinese dishes, cook the leaves and utilize the steams as well.

In Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Recipes with Lettuce

Little Gem and Radicchio Salad with Pickled Green Strawberries

Joanne Weir, Copita Tequileria y Comida

Grilled Little Gem Salad with Oranges, Feta, and Pistachios

Adam Timney, Starbelly

Bacon, Lettuce And Tomato Salad With Creamy Aioli Dressing

Joanne Weir, cookbook author and host of Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class

Mushroom “Bul Go Gi” Lettuce Wraps

Ani Phyo, author of Ani’s Raw Food Asia (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2011)

Articles about Lettuce

July 18, 2014

Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.

July 02, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Rafael Zuniga

Rafael’s passion for good food stems from his work with children and youth.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »