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Lettuce Food Quotes

“Lettuce! O Lettuce!
Let us, O let us,
O Lettuce leaves,
O let us leave this tree and eat
Lettuce, O let us. Lettuce leaves!”

Edward Lear, English artist, writer (1812-1888) ‘The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple’


"by reason of its soporigous quality, lettuce ever was, and still continues the principal foundation of the universal tribe of Sallets, which is to cool and refresh, besides its other properties... including beneficial inflences on morals, temperance, and chastity."
John Evelyn, ‘Acetaria: A Discourse of Sallets’ (1699)


"Lettuce is like conversation: It must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it."
C.D. Warner, 19th century


"Lettuce is divine, although I'm not sure it's really a food."
Diana Vreeland, editor & fashion expert, (1903-1989)


“Lettuce, n.  An herb of the genus Lactuca, 'Where-with', says that pious gastronome, Hengist Pelly, 'God has been pleased to reward the good and punish the wicked. For by his inner light the righteous man has discerned a manner of compounding for it a dressing to the appetency whereof a multitude of gustible condiments conspire, being reconciled and ameliorated with profusion of oil, the entire comestible making glad the heart of the godly and causing his face to shine. But the person of spirtual unworth is successfully tempted of the Adversary to eat of lettuce with destitution of oil, mustard, egg, salt and garlic, and with rascal bath of vinegar polluted with sugar. Wherefore the person of spirtual unworth suffers an intestinal pang of strange complexity and raises the song.'”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) 'The Devil's Dictionary' (1911)


“I have no truck with lettuce, cabbage, and similar chlorophyll. Any dietitian will tell you that a running foot of apple strudel contains four times the vitamins of a bushel of beans.”
S.J. Perelman


“To dream of lettuces is said to portend trouble.”
Richard Folkard in 'Plant Lore' (1884)


“Lettuce, greens and celery, though much eaten, are worse than cabbage, being equally indigestible without the addition of condiments. Besides, the lettuce contains narcotic properties. It is said of Galen, that he used to obtain from a head of it, eaten on going to bed, all the good effects of a dose of opium.”
‘The Young House-keeper’
by William Andrus Alcott (1846)



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