Butter Lettuce

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.