I like lettuce. I like it so much it is an essential ingredient in a mixed fruit and veggie smoothie! It is also a favorite on certain sandwiches and, of course, is the irreplaceable ingredient in a lot of salads. Lettuce is part of the sunflower family and has been around since the time of the Pharaohs. It was an enterprising Egyptian farmer who first thought to turn this weed into an edible plant that is now grown virtually everywhere.
Nutritionally, lettuce is a good source of vitamin A and Potassium and has lesser amounts of many other minerals and vitamins too. And I am not the only one who likes lettuce. One source claims that the world wide output in 2010 was almost 24 million metric tons and half of that came from China.
As is often the case with other foods that have such a long history, lettuce has accumulated some uses as a medicinal herb I think this is really strange but there are a number of references about lettuce being used to combat sexual problems of one sort or another. Our ancient Egyptian friends considered it a symbol of sexual prowess and the Romans followed their lead. On the other hand Greeks thought it caused male impotency. Even in the 1800s there was a belief in Britain that lettuce caused both sterility and infertility.
Here, a species of lettuce, Romain, is used as an ingredient in an otherwise pretty standard smoothie recipe. Adding lettuce adds some new flavor and texture to the mix and it is quite good.
In your favorite blender mix:
- Generous handful of Romain lettuce
- 2 frozen bananas, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
- 2 cups filtered water (cold)
- (optional) 1 Tbsp. Chia seed