The green, cool weather crop is known for its grassy green leaves and milky juice of the plant. Butterhead Green Lettuce takes approximately 55 days for maturity. It is well resistant to downy mildew, white mold and sclerotinia diseases. High temperature makes the leaves bitter and growth stunted. The prime varieties of the butterhead cultivar include Boston, Buttercrunch, Bibb and Tom Thumb.
Butterhead Green Lettuce has been known to the world from past 4500 years. It was cultivated by Egyptians along the river Nile, as proved by their hieroglyphics. The Romans also grew many varieties of it. However, it was Christopher Columbus who brought it to the notice of the entire world. Today, butterhead green is mostly grown in Europe.
Butterhead Green Lettuce is mild in flavor and is supplemented in salads as a cooling counterbalance. Its leaves have a buttery texture and grow similar to rose petals to form small heads. It is tossed in salads and is also consumed fresh. It renders a sweet flavor and soft texture and serves well with grilled spring asparagus.
Benefits & Features
Butterhead Green Lettuce is a rich source of folate. It is high in vitamin C and folate, the B vitamin. The green also contains Vitamin A, essential to promote vision, reproduction, bone growth and many respiratory and intestinal functions.