Lettuce is a leafy vegetable widely used across the globe. We all know it in the form of salads, but we can also see it in wraps, sandwiches, and even soups. However, as we all know, this highly-nutritious food also takes time to cut, wash, and use. It’s also highly perishable so you have to utilize them as soon as you can. Most of us accepted and live with such compromises since it has already been a large part of our daily diet. But as we say, there’s always room for improvement. So, what if a lettuce doesn’t have to be that difficult to handle?
Well, Salanova is the answer. Salanova is also known as Multileaf or Eazyleaf. It is a new kind of head lettuce with a registered trademark. It was invented by Rijk Zwaan, a Dutch seed company in Europe. This lettuce is not only flavorful, nutritious, and tender. But, it also has a prolonged shelf life, is easy to use, and wash. It has a unique core that only needs to be cut once to separate the entire head from all of its baby leaves. As a matter of fact, a gadget has been manufactured to do this, which is completely unnecessary since a sharp knife is just as efficient. Still, it is favored by many culinary enthusiasts for those reasons. But, growers love them too as they are small and can be grown hydroponically, either in fields or greenhouses.
Moreover, Salanova lettuce has varieties too. One is multicolored while five of which are divided into two colors: green and red. Even so, all of them have a round base that grows on a rosette pattern. Though their leaves are smaller than a typical lettuce, they’re thicker and high-yielding to better withstand handling and longer shelf-life.
Species: L. Sativa
Binomial Name: Lactuca Sativa ‘Salanova’
Salanova Lettuce Trivia
- Salanova lettuce produces 3-4 times more leaves than a standard lettuce.
- It took 10 years for the growers’ Marco Moor and Egbert Smits to breed and produce the different varieties of Salanova lettuce. These varieties started as two separate plants in the early 1990s, and the trademark was released for commercial use in 2005, with only one variety in the United States, and the rest were later released to the public in 2010.
- Salanova lettuce has an improved resistance to a few diseases and they require less labor to harvest and prepare for the market.
- In ancient Egypt, Salanova was considered to be sacred.