A type of butter lettuce
, Boston lettuce
has large, soft, tender, gently cupped leaves. It's terrific in salads
, or the leaves can be used as a bed for other dishes.
Boston lettuce, also known by the names Tom Thumb, Bibb, and Butter crunch
, is one of six types of lettuces generally available for human consumption throughout the world. First popularized in Europe, it is now commonly available in many supermarkets worldwide.
The two most popular varieties of lettuce in North America are Boston and Bibb. Bibb lettuce has leaves that are narrower and darker green than Boston lettuce
. It was developed by John Bibb, a Kentucky farmer, as a hybrid of Boston lettuce in the mid 1800s. Both of these varieties are frequently sold, especially in health food markets, with the roots attached to them to preserve freshness. The appearance of both lettuce types resembles a blooming rose, with soft leaves that part like rose petals.Health Benefits of Boston Lettuce:
This type of lettuce is rich in vitamins K, B, C and A and is an excellent source of sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Boston lettuce also contains significant levels of lactucarium, which affects the human physiology much like opium. Based on these tranquilizing effects.
Boston lettuce is sometimes recommended as a natural treatment for heart palpitations, spasms of the intestines and insomnia.
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Recipes Using Boston lettuce.