Little Gems are a miniature version of Cos with a sweet, crisp and compact heart. Perfect for salads and sandwiches, try it with rocket , pear slices and a few pecans for a satisfying crunch.
As a relative to Cos lettuce, little gem has many of the same nutritional benefits. Cos lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, manganese and chromium. In addition, it is a very good source of dietary fibre, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and the minerals potassium, molybdenum, iron, and phosphorus.
Lettuce has been around for thousands of years and not just in the kitchen. In ancient Egypt, lettuce was sacred to the fertility god Min and considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac. But the ancient Greeks and Romans thought it helped you to have a good night's sleep!