Lettuce Celebrate Food Day 2014

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Lettuce Celebrate Food Day 2014

National Food Day is this Friday, October 24th!  I started celebrating today by hosting a program at North Bay Elementary School in Biloxi.  We celebrated with the hardworking, under-appreciated lettuce!

Here are some lettuce facts!

Lettuce was originally grown for medicinal purposes rather than to be eaten.  The first Roman Emperor, Augustus, who ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD, was said to have been cured of a serious illness by eating lettuce.

Lettuce is meant to contain a natural chemical that helps you sleep.  Romans ate lettuce at the end of dinner to help calm their stomach and make them sleepy.

Iceberg lettuce was developed in the United States and got its name from the way it was packed with ice to survive transportation in warm temperatures.

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About veggiedr

Christine is an Associate Research and Extension Professor of Urban Horticulture at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS. She works as the resident scientist at the Beaumont Horticultural Unit in Perry County, MS. Her research interests include urban agriculture, backyard farming, container gardening, high tunnel production, local foods, horticultural therapy, green roofs, and small farm issues. Christine is passionate about feeding people and growing farmers.

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