loose-leaf lettuce), Cos or romaine lettuce, crisphead lettuce, asparagus lettuce
Major growing area
Refreshingly light taste
AYURVEDA & MEDICINAL USES
Vitamins in lettuce are plentiful. Its fresh leaves are an excellent source of several Vitamin A and beta carotenes.
It is a rich source of vitamin K. Vitamin K has a potential role in the bone metabolism where it thought to increase bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity inside the bone cells.
Fresh leaves contain good amounts folates and vitamin C. Folates are part of co-factors in the enzyme metabolism required for DNA synthesis and therefore, play a vital role in prevention of the neural tube defects in the baby (fetus) during pregnancy.
Lettuce has been described as a "weedy Cinderella" and as the "queen of the salad plants". All of these types may have evolved from a weedy form that was used in ancient Egypt as a source of cooking oil from pressed seeds, so both descriptions are probably justified. The scientific name of lettuce is Lactuca sativa. Lactuca means milk forming, sativa means common. This lettuce is depicted on the walls of
tombs dating back to about 2500 b.c.e., during the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt.
Heat bacon in a 12" skillet over medium heat, and cook, turning once, until crisp and fat is rendered, about 10 minutes. Transfer bacon to a plate, reserving 2 tbsp. drippings, and let cool; crumble and set aside. Transfer reserved drippings to a bowl, and add oil, vinegar, and Worcestershire; whisk until smooth, and set dressing aside. Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium-high. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high heat.) Working in batches, if necessary, place romaine halves cut-side down on grill, and cook, turning once, until charred and slightly wilted,about 4 minutes. Transfer lettuce cut-side up to a serving platter, and season with salt and pepper; drizzle with dressing, and sprinkle with reserved bacon and blue cheese.
NUTRIENTS & VALUES PER 100g EDIBLE PORTION
|Pantothenic Acid||0.134 mg|