Besides the nutritional value, a lettuce boasts interesting aspects that most people do not know yet. Although there are many fun facts about lettuces, they include:
- Lettuce also belongs to the sunflower family.
- The nutritional value of lettuce varies widely, depending on the variety in question. All the same, all types of lettuce provide a small amount of protein, dietary fiber, carbohydrate, and fat.
- The leaf section of lettuce provides vitamins and minerals while its stem and ribs contain dietary fiber.
- A lettuce plant that has very dark-green leaves contains the most vitamins and minerals compared to a plant that has paler leaves.
- Iceberg exempted; all other lettuces are good sources of Vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and copper.
- Iceberg is a head lettuce with very low nutritional worth and flavor. But it provides plenty of water and could be great for weight watchers.
- The largest amount of nutrients in lettuce is potassium and Vitamin A. As we all probably know, Vitamin A is produced from beta-carotene in the body. Beta-carotene is yellowish-orange but undetectable in lettuce because of the green chlorophyll pigment.
- A cup of raw leaf lettuce gives you only nine calories, one-point-three grams of fiber and one gram of protein.
- It is important to cut lettuce leaves when you are ready to make a salad. If you cut them in advance, lettuce slices will lose their vitamin C and discolor.
- On average, thirty pounds of lettuce is eaten by Americans each year.
- California is the largest producer of lettuce in USA.
- Harvesting of lettuce is by hand.