|Varieties of lettuce at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens|
I don't like or dislike it. I can truthfully say I've never craved lettuce. The taste is so mild as to be non existent. Yet, lettuce adds an important element to healthy eating.
Watching our weight would sure be difficult without lettuce. Lettuce is the basis for most salads. It fills us up, and adds needed fiber.
Last summer, while visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Aurora, Colorado, we took a day trip to Vail that included a tour of the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens. I highly recommend the trip. There, I learned some new things about lettuce.
In 1920 ranchers in Gore Creek Mountain Valley near Vail discovered that lettuce grew better above 7000 feet elevation. For years, that area produced most of our lettuce. Interesting.
Varieties of Lettuce:
1. Iceberg - the most common
2. Bibb Lettuce - extra small
3. Boston - loose leaves
4. Green leaf - no head, more perishable
5. Red Leaf
6. Romaine - the most nutritious
The greener the leaves, the more vitamins and minerals in the lettuce.
|The entrance to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens|
Average nutritional make-up of lettuce:
carbohydrates 1 g
No, I don't really like lettuce, but it's a food addict's best friend.
Here's a recipe you might want to try: