March Vegetable of the Month - Red Cross Lettuce

Did you know…? Fun Facts!

  • The scientific name of Red Cross Lettuce is Lactuca sativa

  • Red Cross lettuce is a type of butterhead lettuce, also called a “bib lettuce”.

  • Red Cross Lettuce is an annual plant in the daisy (Asteraceae) family – related to marigolds, daisies, artichokes, and yarrow.

  • Ancient Egyptians are thought to have developed many of the current types of lettuce we use from wild lettuce almost 4,500 years ago.

  • Red Cross Lettuce is more heat tolerant than most lettuces, but it requires a minimum of 45 degrees soil temperature for planting and germination.

Nutritional Information:

  • 1 cup butter lettuce provides 19mg calcium, 0.7mg iron, 131mg potassium, 1,822 IU vitamin A, 1.2g carbohydrates, 0.6g protein, and 0.6g fiber.

Recipes:

Spicy Red Leaf Lettuce and Arugula Pesto

Avocado-Butter Lettuce Salad