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Lettuce Month – May 2023

Lettuce Month is observed every year in May. It is easy to include a salad into every meal and feel good about eating healthy, and see how delicious salads are! Lettuce Month does not take this fact for granted. Everything lettuce-related, from salads to sauces to smoothies and burgers with leafy greens, is appreciated in May. Vitamins and minerals abound in lettuce. They help to strengthen bones while also improving vision and sleep. Although lettuce is not an apple, eating a salad often will keep you out of the hospital!

History of Lettuce Month

The ancient Egyptians first cultivated lettuce. They modified it from a plant whose seeds were a source of oil. The first documentation of lettuce farming dates to ancient Egypt over 6,000 years ago. Old Egyptian tomb paintings depicted different varieties of lettuce. The Egyptians taught the Greeks how to grow lettuce. They ate it as a salad before meals to help digestion and used it medicinally as a sedative. They continued to modify it for tastier leaves for salads. Lettuce became associated with sexual potency when it reached the Romans, who came to believe it could enhance stamina.

The vegetable traveled to Europe and China with the Romans. It was already well-known in Europe by the 1400s, with more varieties appearing. Some people speculated that Christopher Columbus brought lettuce to America on his 1494 voyage. However, it was John Winthrop Jr. who brought lettuce seeds to America from England in the 1600s.

Lettuce Month, also known as National Salad Month, started in 1992 through the efforts of the Association for Dressing and Sauces. A holiday to celebrate all things lettuce, health benefits, and tastiness.

The Outredgeous red Romaine lettuce was grown and eaten in space by astronauts on the International Space Station (I.S.S.) in 2015. Their garden was a Veggie chamber with the necessary illumination and rooted pillows for crop survival.

Lettuce Month timeline

4000 B.C.
Ancient Egyptians Cultivate Lettuce

Egyptians cultivate lettuce as a food source.

1400s — 1600s
Lettuce in New Continents

The vegetable lettuce is well-received throughout Europe and America.

1992
A New Holiday Commences

Lettuce Month, also known as ‘National Salad Month’, begins.

2015
Lettuce in Space

Some astronauts on the I.S.S. grow the Outredgeous red romaine lettuce in the space garden.

Lettuce Month FAQs

Can lettuce be grown in winter?

Lettuces can be grown throughout winter but in greenhouses.

What is the life cycle of lettuce?

From seed germination to harvest, lettuce takes 65 to 120 days to mature.

What are true leaves on lettuce?

The true leaves are the larger ridged leaves on the sides and coming up from the middle.

Lettuce Month Activities

  1. Enjoy a salad

    Salads are one of the most straightforward dishes to make. Almost anyone can make a lovely classic salad. If you prefer things to be quick and easy, you can get a pre-chopped salad kit at the grocery store.

  2. Try new recipes

    Many tasty recipes include lettuce. They vary from sauces to rice and noodle bowls. You could try your hands on something new this holiday.

  3. Try some lettuce smoothies

    Lettuce smoothies are healthy and also help burn fat. You can add frozen bananas in yours to yum it up a bit!

5 Interesting Facts About Lettuce Month

  1. Harvested only by hand

    Lettuce vegetables are harvested by hand.

  2. Darker colored lettuce are more nutritious

    Lettuce leaves darker in color contain more vitamins and minerals than the paler color varieties.

  3. Grown the most in California

    The majority of lettuce sold in the United States is cultivated in California.

  4. Belongs to the sunflower family

    The sunflower family includes lettuce.

  5. Three known varieties

    Iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, and Leaf lettuce are the three varieties of lettuce known.

Why We Love Lettuce Month

  1. Lettuce improves vision and sleep

    Eating lettuce regularly can help you maintain healthy vision and get a good night's sleep. Lettuce contains lactucin and lactucopicrin, which are beneficial for our eyes and help the body relax.

  2. Good Nutrition

    Salad in our diet is one thing a nutritionist always recommends. It is essential for healthy eating in both kids and adults .

  3. Tasty meals

    Fresh lettuce is used to prepare a variety of tasty meals. These delicious meals are not only tasty but also nutritious for our health. We get to enjoy eating them.

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