One of the most consumed salads in Switzerland is the butterhead lettuce. Its derives its name from his appearance, because the leaves converge in a dense head. Lettuce is one of the few vegetables to be found fresh on the market almost all year round, from the end of February into November. This is made possible by its resistance to cold, which allows the farmers to sow and plant continuously. In 2017, Swiss vegetable producers harvested over 15,000 tonnes of lettuce.
Besides the more familiar greens, there is also a red lettuce variety. The latter has softer and finer leaves than its green relative. The red coloration is caused by anthocyanin, a phytochemical that has many beneficial properties.
Batavia also available
In addition to the butterhead lettuce, more and more lettuces cultivated in Switzerland are now gradually appearing on the shelves. Because since March there is the season for the Batavia, a relative of the iceberg and head lettuce.