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

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10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

As California faces a historic drought, sustainability-minded farmers are using an arsenal of methods to conserve water.

August 08, 2014

Breeding a Better Chicken at Eatwell Farm

Eatwell Farm embarks on breeding their own heritage flock.

August 04, 2014

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is August 3-9! Celebrate by pledging your support for local farms and communities.

August 01, 2014

Rabbits, Pigs, and Herbs in Marin County

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Devil’s Gulch Ranch and Allstar Organics in Nicasio.

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Sarah, Henry, and Janelle.

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 »