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The tender and loose, bright green leaves have a mild flavor which allows them countless culinary pairings.
Butter lettuce is a leaf lettuce. Leaf varieties have loose heads and are known as the "cut and come again" lettuces as they can be harvested multiple times from a single plant. They are great short season varieties as well as more heat-tolerant than head lettuce.
Butter lettuce's large, tender, mild flavored leaves lend themselves to a number of culinary applications. Add to salads or sandwiches, or use whole leaves as cups to hold fillings such as minced chicken or Korean BBQ. It's vibrant color also makes it perfect for garnishing serving dishes and buffets.
Butter leaf lettuce's origin: Mediterranean basin in its original form. There are countless varieties that have been developed in the United States. The benchmark, Compositae family was developed by John Bibb in kentucky in the 1850's.
Recipes that include Butter Lettuce. One is easiest, three is harder.