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Salad Greens Lesson Plan

Fun Facts About Salad Greens

  • 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.

What’s Included in the Salad Greens Lesson Plan

  • History
  • Tips & recipes
  • Nutritional information
  • Presenter outline & talking points
  • Sticker template
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Student handouts

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