Iceberg lettuce got its name from the California growers that shipped it covered with crushed ice across the country in the 1920s. Before that, it was usually referred to as Crisphead lettuce.
Fresh Express founder, Bruce Church, is responsible for popularizing the idea of shipping ice covered lettuce across the US continent from Salinas, California to destinations on the East Coast.
When these trains filled with ice-covered lettuce would arrive on the east coast, people would yell out, “The icebergs are coming, the icebergs are coming,” and the name has stuck around.
- Lettuce is pretty much immune to any form of preservation. You can’t can, freeze, or pickle it.
- The ancient Greeks believed that lettuce induced sleep so they served it at the end of their evening meal.
- The darker green the lettuce, the more nutrients and antioxidants it has.
- FreshExpress.com – Our History
- AndyBoy.com – ICEBERG LETTUCE
- KitchenProject.com – The History of Iceberg Lettuce