Lettuce as a commodity can initially come across as very generic. To some, lettuce is…just lettuce. It’s green, it’s healthy, and it’s known as the preferred entrée for rabbits – what else is there to it?
While the three previous statements may be true, lettuce as a commodity has much more depth than initially noted on the surface. Not to get too botanic on you, but the scientific word that sums up the various types of lettuce is Lactuca sativa. Under the Lactuca sativa ‘umbrella,’ we have everything from romaine lettuce to radicchio lettuce. Not familiar with the latter? Perhaps you know it as Italian chicory, a purple looking head of lettuce.