Red leaf lettuce – Lactuca sativa var. crispa Facts

Red leaf lettuce is a member of the genus Lactuca, of the family Asteraceae which is found growing in full sun and cool weather. It prefers moist but well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. It has consistently crispy and succulent texture and generally mild and subtly earthy with a slightly bitter nuance flavor. It consists a multitude of nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, B Vitamins, and minerals and is extremely beneficial for our health.

Name Red leaf lettuce
Scientific Name Lactuca sativa var. crispa
Native About 4500 years ago in Egypt
Growing Climate Best in full sun and cool weather.
Soil Moist but well-drained, nutrient-rich soil.
Leaf Large, open “head” of loose leaves that deepens in color as it matures.
Leaf Color Medium to dark-red in color blending to nearly white ribs or veins.
Leaf Flavor Sweet and mild flavor
Major Nutrition Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 39.3 µg 32.75%
Vitamin A, RAE 105 µg 15.00%
Iron, Fe 0.34 mg 4.25%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 10 µg 2.50%
Manganese, Mn 0.057 mg 2.48%
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) 0.028 mg 2.15%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.022 mg 1.69%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) 0.018 mg 1.50%
Tryptophan 0.006 g 1.36%
Phosphorus, P 8 mg 1.14%
Health Benefits
  • Helps Treat Anemia
  • Heart disease
  • Mental and Emotional Disorders
  • Lowers Risk of Gout
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Healthy Bones
  • Fights Cancer
  • Ensures Healthy Eyes
Calories in 1cup (100gm) 4 Kcal