- Americans eat about 30 pounds of lettuce every year. That’s about five times more than what we ate in the early 1900s.
- In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable (behind potatoes and tomatoes which are technically fruits).
- The salad green variety referred to as mache is also nicknamed lamb’s lettuce for its tender, velvety leaves.
- The ancient wild relative of lettuce contained a sedative-like compound. Ancient Romans and Egyptians would take advantage of this property by eating lettuce at the end of a meal to help induce sleep.
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