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Lettuce
The original wild lettuce Lactuca serriola was known as “prickly lettuce” and grown for medicinal purposes as it contained a milky sap which has mild sleep-inducing properties. The soporific effects – and digestive benefits – meant the Romans served lettuce at the end of dinner; they were later served at the start of the meal, to get the digestion working. As new varieties were developed lettuce lost its sleep-inducing qualities, along with its bitter taste 
Caesar salad
Caesar salad

The Caesar Salad was supposedly invented in 1924 by Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant who operated restaurants in Mexico and the U.S. It’s said he created the dish when a 4th of July rush depleted the kitchen's supplies

 
Paisley Pattern
paisley pattern

Some people believe the paisley pattern, developed in India thousands of years ago, is based on the shape of a mango

 
Avocado ice cream
Brazilians add avocado to ice cream

Brazilians add avocado to ice cream

 
Largest salad toss

The largest salad ever tossed weighed 6,700 kg in Pulpi, Spain. It took 20 chefs more 16 hours to prepare!

Largest salad toss

 
Silverbeet or spinach?
Silverbeet is sometimes called spinach in Australia, but true spinach has smaller leaves and a much sweeter, milder flavour. In the U.S., silverbeet is called Swiss chard 
Watermelon, fruit or vegetable?
watermelon, fruit or vegetable?

Did you know that some people consider watermelon a vegetable, not a fruit? This is because it is a member of the Cucurbitaceae plant family, related to cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.

 
Iceberg Lettuce
Iceberg lettuce got its name from the fact that growers started shipping it covered with heaps of crushed ice in the 1920s. It had previously been called Crisphead lettuce. 

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