Today we are going to talk about a type of variety of lettuce that is widely consumed and demanded throughout the world. It's about the trocadero lettuce. It is also known by another type of name such as French lettuce. The name is quite recognized in European kitchens for centuries. However, today, this lettuce can be harvested and found almost all over the world throughout the year. Thanks to the high demand for this product and modern technologies, this food is available throughout the year.
In this article we are going to tell you all the characteristics, properties, benefits and cultivation of trocadero lettuce.
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The scientific name of the trocadero lettuce is lactuca sativa. Within the lactuca sativa There are different varieties, in this case it is the capitata variety. Among the characteristics for which trocadero lettuce stands out we have some leaves that appear buttery and smooth in appearance. It is a type of lettuce that is in high demand for having an exquisite flavor. Apart from that, as we are going to see next, it has numerous nutritional benefits for health.
The most common is that it is used in salads or to decorate certain dishes. It is a perfect garnish to accompany with some french fries and some meat to refresh almost any type of dish. Due to its low calorie content and high water content it is essential to include it in almost any type of diet. It stands out for having a quite pleasant flavor and the texture of its leaves are very tender. The leaves are usually of irregular sizes which can help to combine authentic decorated dishes.
Properties and benefits of trocadero lettuce
As we have mentioned before, it is a lettuce that contains very good properties for the body. Among the different properties and benefits of trocadero lettuce that you can find, we have a great presence of vitamins and minerals that contribute to the growth of children. We have trace elements such as copper, iron and zinc. For people who suffer from anemia or lack of iron it can be essential to correct these nutritional deficiencies. It can be combined with other vegetables that are also endowed with these nutrients to enhance a diet rich in trace elements necessary for the body.
Not only used to introduce low-calorie diets that help lose weight, but also for those diets for weight gain. The main reason for this is that it is a good appetite stimulant and helps the digestive system work properly. In high-calorie diets that are used to gain weight, the body needs to digest well in order to introduce more food without creating problems. There are people who need to gain weight not only because of their condition, but also because they want to increase muscle mass. In these aspects we will not only introduce good nutrients to the body, but will also help stimulate appetite.
Another of the advantages and benefits that trocadero lettuce provides is to regulate the sleep routine. It is ideal for those who suffer from insomnia. When we eat this lettuce frequently in our diet, nutrients are incorporated that help the release of sleep hormones to be able to rest better. Just has 18 calories per 100 grams so it is a very good option to feel full without adding extra calories.
If we count this type of lettuce with respect to others such as iceberg, which is one of the most common, we see that its nutrient content is much higher as well as fiber. Iceberg lettuce is considered the least nutrient lettuce with interesting properties for the body. Therefore, whenever possible it is interesting to introduce another type of lettuce in the diet. Trocadero lettuce has a high fiber content that will help the digestive system to function much more efficiently.
Cultivation of trocadero lettuce
We are going to see what are the main requirements that trocadero lettuce needs to be able to plant it in good conditions. The sowing of this lettuce, like its other varieties, is annual. This means that it can be sown at any time of the year. Thanks to this type of crops we can count on trocadero lettuce salads throughout the year. You just have to make an effort when you are in the process of sowing, watering and maintenance.
We are going to see what are the main aspects to take into account to be successful or in the cultivation of this type of lettuce. The first of all is to know what can be planted through a seedbed until the plant begins to give the first leaves. It can also be planted directly in the ground. The most advisable thing is to sow it through a seedbed to then transplant the plants to the ground that will be their final place. The reason for this is that it helps the growth of the seedlings when they begin their development. In the seedbeds it is more protected against adverse environmental conditions.
The way in which this type of lettuce should be planted in the ground is in rows approximately 30 centimeters apart. It is also convenient to separate the plants from each other by a distance of approximately 30 cm. This separation helps the plants don't bother with each other when it comes to growth, and don't compete for nutrients.
French lettuce is a type of lettuce that requires a lot of water to stay moist. This does not mean that you have to water it until it is soaked. The most normal thing is that it has to be watered twice a week. You have to water once a day to maintain humidity, but this watering should be very light. It only serves to maintain the necessary humidity so that the leaves can develop well. We must be very careful because if we apply too much water, the soil may begin to form ideal conditions for the growth of fungi and diseases. We can also start the oxidation of the leaves due to an excess of water.
Another of the necessary requirements is the space with sufficient sunlight. We can get some shady moments to get better results, since constant sun exposure can harm this type of plant. Still, it needs plenty of sun to grow.
You may need to get a new seed in early spring for fall storage. This recommendation is important since seeds diets they cannot germinate and you will waste time sowing something that will not prosper. It is best to keep the seeds in a container. It is advisable to keep it in a refrigerator.
I hope that with this information you can learn more about trocadero lettuce.