Butter lettuce, as its name suggests, is so tender that it melts in the mouth like butter, particularly the heart, when the lettuce is picked at dawn. It forms a loose head of large leaves resembling an open rose. This head-type lettuce is characterized by light green, flexible leaves and a mild flavor.
Care and Handling
Ideal Storage Temperature: 34° -36°F. 90-95% relative humidity. Refrigerate leaf lettuce immediately after receiving. Store in area with good circulation and away from ethylene-producing fruits to minimize browning. Sprinkle lightly during storage to help maintain freshness.
- Look for an even green color and a sweet smell
- Wash at the last minute; otherwise the leaves will “fall” quickly.
Did You Know?
Butter lettuce is also known as Boston or Bibb lettuce.