Why use Lettuce

Lettuce and Project Management FAQ

Why is lettuce important?

Lettuce is a source of vitamin A, which plays a role in eye health. Vitamin A can reduce a person’s risk of cataracts. Vitamin A also helps prevent macular degeneration. Extracts of multiple lettuce types have also been shown to promote sleep.

What is leaf lettuce used for?

Green Leaf lettuce is best suited for fresh applications and is most commonly used as a wrap, garnish, in salads, or as a layer in a sandwich.

What is the economic importance of lettuce?

Total lettuce production in the U.S. in 2015 totaled 8,087 million pounds with 5.7% of domestic production of head lettuce exported and 10.9 percent of leaf/romaine exported. The value of U.S. lettuce production in 2015 totaled nearly $1.9 billion, making lettuce the leading vegetable crop in terms of value.

Why is lettuce popular?

Lettuce is very well-known leafy vegetables with a wide range of applications from salad to medicinal products. Since the concept of green products has been prevailing worldwide, lettuce have gained importance not only for food application but in various formations having other specific uses.

What is lettuce production?

Lettuce is an easy-to-grow annual vegetable. Considered a spring and fall crop, lettuce thrives when temperatures are between 60 to 70 degrees F. Many varieties reach maturity in as little as 30 days, and some can even be harvested much earlier as microgreens.

What is the characteristics of lettuce?

The lettuce plant can vary greatly in size, shape and leaf type but generally, the leaves of the plant form a dense head or loose rosette. The stem of the plant is short, with larger leaves arranged at the bottom and becoming progressively smaller further up the stem.

Is lettuce a high value crop?

Monetary value: Leaf Lettuce is considered to have a relatively high monetary value.

How is lettuce distributed to consumers?

Lettuce is marketed primarily by go- ing from producers to wholesalers to retailers. Appreciable quantities, how- ever, are also handled by packers before reaching wholesalers or by truck-jobbers on the way from wholesalers to retailers.

What is the agricultural industry that produces lettuce?

Hydroponic lettuce from the Sydney Basin.

Are lettuce environmentally friendly?

Lettuce production is relatively sustainable since there is no known significant damage to air, water, land, soil, forests, etc. as long as pesticides have not been used. Be sure to buy non GMO/organic, as toxic, chemical pesticides contaminate air, water, soil, etc.

What are the 4 main types of lettuce?

Lettuce is placed in one of four categories: crisphead, butterhead, romaine and loose-leaf.

How is lettuce grown commercially?

Most leaf lettuce is planted using pelleted seed and a precision planter. A small percentage is planted using transplanted seedlings that were started in a greenhouse. Growers often thin the density of growing plants leaving approximately 6 to 12 inches between plants to allow the plants to grow and expand.

Is lettuce commercial farming?

Though typical commercial lettuce production extends from late September through May, with correct variety selection and protected culture strategies, lettuce is a crop that can present even the novice grower with a fast-growing commodity for market sale.

Is growing lettuce profitable?

The top earning salad greens you can grow for profit include lettuce, arugula and Asian greens. Start up costs would include seeds which will run between $30 and $150 per pound and a pound of these seeds will cover an area between 1,500 and 10,000 square feet.

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