John Evelyn was a man well ahead of his time when he wrote the first recorded book on salads all the way back in 1699. Each month we'll take the time to share an nugget of wisdom from his classic book Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets.
On the subject of lettuce he stated:
"Lettuce by reason of its sopriferous quality, ever was, and still continues the principle foundation of the universal tribe of sallets; which is to cool and refresh. It allays heat, extinguishes thrift, excited appetite, kindly nourishes, and above all represses vapours, conciliates sleep, mitigates pain, and breeds the most laudable blood."
Fine words I'm sure you'll agree.