The iceberg lettuce is a kitchen staple, not because of its taste, but as a result of its commercial attributes. The ‘Crisphead’, as it was originally named, was the lettuce of choice for New York grocers in the 1920s because the cabbage was fast growing and retained much of its crispness 21 days after it had been shipped from California. The image of thousands of lettuces poking out of the ice they had been packed in for transportation led to the name ‘Iceberg’. Nearly a century later, the iceberg is shipped globally and remains the most common lettuce consumed worldwide.
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