Iceberg Lettuce is medium to large in size and is spherical in shape, similar to cabbage. The firm head of Iceberg lettuce is tightly packed with broad, thick, and crisp leaves that are concentrated with a high-water content. Its leaves vary in color depending on the particular cultivar, but its outer leaves are typically light green in color while the inner leaves range from pale yellow to a translucent white. Iceberg lettuce is available throughout the year. Today it can be found in North America, Central America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. It is used in Chinese cuisine.
Go for a firm head which has no slime or areas of discoloration. Choose the Iceberg Lettuce that is fresh and has crisp leaves. Avoid the ones that are slimy or wilted.
Overconsumption of Iceberg lettuce can lead to carotenodermia (i.e. yellowish discoloration of skin) as it contains beta-carotene.(3)
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