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Iceberg Lettuce

Lactuca Sativa

Etymology

Its name comes from the way it was originally packaged and transported: on crushed ice, so that the lettuce heads resembled icebergs.

Iceberg Lettuce

Product types

Iceberg lettuce

Processing

Packaged according to a variable weight

Packaged according to a minimum weight

Loose

Description

Iceberg lettuce is known for its compact medium-large head, which can weigh over one kilogram. The external leaves, which have crinkled and somewhat wavy edges, are concave, vary in colour from light green to intense green, and are tightly wrapped together. The ribs are very crunchy.

Seasonality

Product
Iceberg Lettuce
JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Calabria/AbruzzoCampaniaEmilia RomagnaAbruzzoEmilia RomagnaCalabria/Sicily
SpainGermanyGermany/The NetherlandsSpain

Curiosities

The name “iceberg” conjures images of floating mountains of ice and originated in America, where this type of lettuce travelled from its cold homeland to the sunny south in railway wagons filled with crushed ice. Iceberg lettuce (11 kcal/100 g) does not contain fat, but does contain a fair amount of vegetable proteins and fibre. This vegetable is widely grown in Sardinia, where it is known as “cupettone”. Part of the Composite family, this lettuce is typically used raw for garnishes and side dishes. As it is able to withstand heat, it is also often used to top hamburgers.

Nutritional values

Fat

0.1 g

Carbohydrates

3 g

Calcium

10 mg

Saturated fatty acids

0 g

Dietary fibre

1.2 mg

Iron

0.4 mg

Cholesterol

0 g

Sugar

2 mg

Magnesium

7 mg

Sodium

10 mg

Protein

0.9 mg

Potassium

141 mg

Vitamin C

2.8 mg

Recipes

Iceberg lettuce and pear salad

This iceberg lettuce and pear salad recipe is very tasty and easy to make. In just a few quick steps, you can prepare a fresh and tasty salad to bring the table.

To finish the salad, add diced Emmental and walnuts. Combining crunchy lettuce and walnuts with soft cheese cubes and pear, this salad is brimming with contrasting textures and sweet and savoury flavours.

Thanks to its wintery essence, it is a great addition to your Christmas menu.

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