The other day we mentioned iceberg lettuce in one class and how crispy and crunchy it is (you make a noise when you eat it). No wonder that it beloges to crisphead lettuce varieties.
Did you know it got its name because farmers used to put crushed ice on it when they shipped (transported) the lettuce?
A century ago there was a very distinct reason why Iceberg lettuce was so popular. Consumers did not have much choice in the lettuces or other nutritious leafy vegetables available to them. Unless you grew your own vegetables, or lived close to a farm, your food choices were limited to those products which your local supermarket carried.
Without modern refrigeration methods, transportation of vegetables from the farm to the city was difficult, and only the hardiest of lettuce could be safely shipped. This hardy lettuce was Iceberg lettuce.
A century ago Iceberg lettuce was the lettuce of choice for shipping, because it could be packed in ice, and yet remain fresh and crisp until it arrived at it’s destination. Produce was shipped to it’s destination from California by train. Iceberg lettuce was able to travel from California, and onto grocery store shelves in great condition, while other lettuces and leafy vegetables would not have survived this method of shipping.
Iceberg lettuce also got it’s name from the method by which it was shipped. This crispy pale colored lettuce was packed in ice for shipping, and thus wise, acquired the name Iceberg lettuce.
♥♥♥♥♥Please be reminded to eat your greens and don’t call lettuce ‘salad’ in English, but put some lettuce in your salad. Although it is fun to eat iceberg lettuce, nutritionists say that there are other (dark green) lettuce varieties that can give you more nutritional value.
What does iceberg lettuce look like?
Iceberg lettuce might look like a cabbage, because its leaves are tight, they form a medium-size ball. The leaf edges are tinged light brown. It is light green, not dark green.