[Perspectives] Pharmacy jar
Tastes in food change. We like our lettuce crunchy nowadays. Emma Darwin (1808–96) cooked hers for 2 hours to make a lettuce and pea soup for Charles’s delicate stomach. Such caution has long antecedents. In fact, lettuce was probably originally cultivated for its medicinal properties, although culinary use followed. It featured in the kitchens of ancient Middle-Eastern cultures and of the Greeks and Romans, but also with the knowledge that its cool, wet properties made it a natural for calming hot, dry diseases.