Scotty Brand Lettuce
Back next season!
Lettuce cultivation in Scotland was pioneered by a group of growers from Fife following a visit to the USA in the late seventies. Those same growers continue this tradition of salad production in the Howe of Fife at the valley’s western end. In this area, fertile soils, long summer days and moderate temperatures combine to produce crisp, sweet lettuce. Scotty Brand has three varieties of lettuce for this season.
- Iceberg lettuce has a dense, round head of crisp, pale leaves with a mild flavour, which counterbalances other ingredients typically found in a salad.
- Romaine lettuce is long and tall with thick leaves and a stiff central rib. The outer leaves are usually slightly bitter, whilst the inner leaves are sweeter and usually more delicate.
- Little gem is a miniature version of a Cos lettuce, with a sweet, crisp and compact heart.
The lettuce season in Scotland is from late May / early June to the end of September / early October.
The seed is sown and propagated in glasshouses, before the young seedlings are transferred to fields where they mature into adult plants. The lettuce is harvested, then hand cut and bagged in the field. Lettuce plants are refrigerated within 2 hours of harvest to ensure maximum freshness.
Once at home, lettuce is best kept refrigerated in its packaging and eaten raw in salads, sandwiches or wraps. Little Gem lettuces are the perfect size to act as a scoop for other fillings. Try combining our lettuce in a salad with delicious Scotty Brand Ayrshire New Potatoes.
Did you know?
- Iceberg lettuce was called “Crisphead” until the 1920s. To keep the lettuce cool during shipping, huge quantities of ice were mounded on top of it, giving it the appearance of an iceberg.
- Lettuce is very low in calories and contains virtually no fat. It also has a number of other benefits:-
- An average portion of Iceberg lettuce contains 22% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin K, which helps wounds to heal quickly, and 5% of your recommended daily allowance of folic acid, which is needed to make healthy new cells.
- An average portion of Little Gem or Romaine lettuce contains 82% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A, which is needed for healthy skin, teeth and bones. It also helps to promote good vision, especially in low light.
- They also contain 60% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin K.
- Romaine has been cultivated and eaten for almost 5,000 years and may very well be the oldest form of cultivated lettuce. It is believed that the Romans introduced lettuce to Britain.
- In ancient Egypt, lettuce was sacred to the fertility god Min and considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac.
- On the other hand, juice of dried lettuce was used to help people to sleep in Elizabethan times!
Typical values per 100g:
Energy 66kJ / 16kcal; fat 0.3g; of which saturates 0.0g; carbohydrate 1.9g; of which sugar 1.9g; fibre 1.4g; protein 0.7g; salt trace.
Romaine and Little Gem:
Energy 80kJ / 19kcal; fat 0.6g; of which saturates 0.1g; carbohydrate 1.6g; of which sugar 1.6g; fibre 1.7g; protein 1.0g; salt trace.