If you can't 'leaf,' 'lettuce'


Last updated 11/19/2009 at Noon

Since lettuce will probably be the first crop you will harvest – and most of us love salads – go for it. We have been eating salads most days from the garden planted a month or so a go.

The lettuce that we see today is actually a weed. Wild lettuce, one of the oldest food plants known to man, was discovered in the Mediterranean basin more than 4,000 years ago.

It was a favorite vegetable in ancient Rome. In fact, the word “lettuce” is derived from the Latin root word “lac,” meaning “milk,” referring to the milky juice found in mature lettuce stems.

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