Friday, February 18, 2005

lettuce rant

birfurcated rivets is not fond of the Iceberg Lettuce...
What's cool about the Iceberg? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!! IT IS AN ABOMINATION! OUT DEMONS OUT. PARTICULALRY THE ICEBERG LETTUCE DEMON! It isn't a food, it is a wrapping material or something. disgusting, disgusting disgusting. What happened to the Webb's Wonderful - an excellent lettuce that used to be readily available? I haven't seen one for years (apart from ones I grow myself). Grrr......

Recently I heard my sister rant in capitals about every lettuce BUT the very uncool iceberg, all of which she has to avoid. She can't eat Rocket, Cos she can't tolerate them...
Is it true the UK didn't have iceberg lettuces until the 1980's?... What did they do with their Tupperware?

The humble lettuce has emerged as the UK's number one waste item, with 61% of households throwing a soggy one away each week.

And this is an early Wonderful...

Comments: lettuce rant

lettuce's are boring !
Posted by at February 18, 2005 04:43 PM

Balls to Rivet person. Iceberg is the best. Rocket is for trendoids and cos for tools.

Iceberg rocks.
Posted by Tony.T at February 18, 2005 08:02 PM

By the way, English food tastes like tupperware.
Posted by Tony.T at February 18, 2005 08:03 PM

l agree Tony English food is like tuppreware.

As for any kind of lettuce they are all nut's and bolt's.
Posted by at February 18, 2005 08:55 PM

right on, this iceberg can sink any meal. it is a flavourless thing. now yer webbs is a totally different matter. in the uk tupps was used to store various animal fats.
Posted by flute at February 18, 2005 10:10 PM

I'm with you Tony. Rocket is a vegetable not worthy of being eaten, not when iceberg lettuce is around.
Posted by Kent at February 18, 2005 11:56 PM

Us open-minded charders-slapping latte-guzzling tree-hugging types love iceberg and rocket.
Posted by cs at February 19, 2005 12:21 AM

Like the first (anonymous) commenter, I have never seen the point of lettuce. But then as a Brit who dines exclusively on tupperware, what do I know..?
Posted by Dick at February 19, 2005 10:38 AM

readily available Butter lettuces are more nutritious and nicer than iceberg. Lettuce is low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Calcium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.
You could get seeds for the Wonderful type at Diggers Seeds Dromana Vic by post in time for Spring sowing. Eat Your Greens!
Posted by Brownie at February 19, 2005 12:01 PM

You know a lot about lettuce Brownie !
Posted by at February 19, 2005 12:48 PM


My lettuce always ends up brown.
Posted by Tony.T at February 19, 2005 05:54 PM

Let us cease this disputation, leave this vegetative vitriol, head off the negativity.
Iceberg ships and packs with the least risk - easy to grow and easy to pick, thus the profit margins are somewhat higher.
Taste is immaterial.
A little ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickle relish - voila!
Thousand Island iceberg!
Let us eat!
Posted by Ajax Bucky at February 20, 2005 11:51 AM

A fine sentiment, Mr Bucky.

I apologise for any Anti-Brit sentiment that may have seeped through. I suspect that the figure for lettuce wastage is as high here in oz, despite the influence of the ubiquitous Tupperware Lettuce crisper dating from the 50's.
(in the doco on Tuppeware recently this item did seem to come off well)
I was genuinely surprised to learn of the late show of Iceberg in the UK - having assumed we had merely transplanted English varieties and habits. Can't find any potted web history of early lettuce growing in Victoria.
I like Iceberg, as a chard-hugger etc, how else do you eat Vietnamese spring rolls?
But more than that - I like the (non?) taste.
Unlike my sister, I also like others in the mix.
May seek out info on the Webbs, thanks to Brownie's reminder about Diggers.
Posted by boynton at February 20, 2005 12:49 PM

I always think of James Dean in East of Eden when I see the lettuces piled up in the supermarket.
Posted by Brownie at February 21, 2005 07:45 PM

Shameful confession, have not seen it. But the lure of some lettuce action might be enough to make me hire DVD ASAP.

and googling that combo led me to another comprehensive take on the Iceberg question.

whereit is suggested:
"...could be it owes its poularity to James Dean more than anything else"
Posted by boynton at February 22, 2005 11:43 AM

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