Did you know?
– The first representation of salad appeared in paintings on Egyptian tombs in 4500 BC.
– Lettuce was first eaten by the ancient kings of Persia 2,500 years ago. The ancient Greeks and Romans thought it helped you to have a good night’s sleep.
– The lettuce we see today actually started out as a weed around the Mediterranean basin.
– Christopher Columbus introduced lettuce to the new world and from there lettuce in the United States went into cultivation.
– Salad acquired its nobility during the Greek and Roman civilisations and became essential nourishment. The Romans in particular grew it and consumed it raw and minced. Under the emperor Dominican, the Romans would serve salad as a starter, where previously it had been served at the end of a meal.
Here’s a little help on dressing up your salads.