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Latuca sativa is the botanical name for common garden lettuce. The name is derived from the Latin word "lactis," meaning milk, since a milky white sap is found in the stems and thicker veins of lettuce plants.
Originated around Asia Minor, the earliest depictions of lettuce date back to carvings in Egyptian temples.
Nowadays, some lettuces are especially bred to remove the bitter taste from their leaves. Bitter tasting lettuces and the one with pigmented leaves contains more antioxidants.
Sherwood, Brianne; Hunt, Sara; Sorenson, Crista; Heineman, Bethany; Beyers, Blake; and Workman, Ashley Walker, "Lettuce" (2010). USU Student Organic Farm Newsletter. Paper 23.