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  • Batavia lettuce is a type of lettuce that belongs to the Asteraceae family, Lactuca genus, of the sativa species (INRA-URGI, 2019).
  • Lettuce, the first leaf vegetable, is native to the eastern Mediterranean Basin (JS, 2019). There are six edible forms of lettuce: batavia, romaine, butterhead, leaf, latin and stem (Ryder, 1999).
  • Batavia is subdivided into two forms: the “European” type batavia, which is fairly undeveloped elsewhere, and the “crisp” type batavia, also known as “iceberg”, which is widely used in fast food restaurants (B Maisonneuve, 2013).


  • All types of lettuce, except the crisp type of batavia, can be found with red and green leaves (Ryder, 2002).
  • Batavia lettuce is apple-shaped, meaning that the young leaves are interlocking and more or less closed at the top. The crisp type of batavia has the particularity of being in the form of a hard apple, like a white cabbage, and of having very crunchy leaves (B Maisonneuve, 2013).
  • Once cut, lettuce gradually turns brown because cutting promotes the biosynthesis of polyphenols that are oxidised by polyphenol oxidase (Murata, 2004). It has been demonstrated that crisp batavia lettuce cut and washed at 50°C has significantly lower polyphenol oxidase activity than lettuce cut and washed at 4°C and 25°C, throughout storage. These results are consistent with a sensory analysis in which the lowest browning scores were found in samples treated at 50°C (Martin-Diana, 2005).
  • Experiments have shown that under anaerobic conditions, such as the storage atmosphere for packaged crisp batavia lettuce, organic acids are produced by lactic acid bacteria. These acids affect the sensory quality of freshly cut crisp batavia, including rapid browning, yellowing, unpleasant taste and loss of texture (Paillart, 2016).

COMPOSITION CHARACTERISTICS (excluding macronutrients, vitamins and minerals)

  • Lettuce is one of the most widely consumed vegetables in the world. It is a good source of bioactive compounds with health benefits such as folate, β-carotene, lutein and phenols. In vitro and in vivo studies have shown anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering and anti-diabetic activities attributed to these compounds. Nonetheless, they vary among different forms of lettuce: crisp-type batavia, the most popular in the United States, is relatively low in bioactive compounds (Kim, 2016).
  • Lettuce also has protective effects on cardiovascular health due to its many varieties of bioactive components. They prevent tissue oxidation and participate in lowering blood pressure as well as mitigating myocardial damage (Tang, 2017).
  • The major phenolic compound in six lettuce cultivars studied, including two butterhead lettuces, two batavia lettuces, one leaf lettuce, and one red-pigmented oak leaf variety, was reported to be dicafeyl tartaric acid. While total phenolics accounted for more than 60% of the total antioxidant capacity, dicafeyl tartaric acid accounted for 55% (Nicolle, 2004).
  • Batavia and 24 other lettuce varieties were grown over two harvest periods. It was shown that lettuces harvested in July had higher total polyphenol content and antioxidant capacity than lettuces harvested in September. These results suggest that environmental conditions may influence the polyphenol content and antioxidant activity of lettuces like batavia (Liu, 2007).

*Average composition given as an indication: the following values are approximate and depend on variety, season, ripeness, cultivation conditions, etc. The data on polyphenols is taken from the Phenol-Explorer 3.0 database. All other data is taken from the Ciqual Table of nutritional composition of foods (2017) – ANSES, except for the Vitamin A equivalent which corresponds to the division of the Beta-carotene content by 6.

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  • Martin-Diana AB, Rico D, Barry-Ryan C, Mulcahy J, Frias J, Henehan G. Effect of Heat Shock on Browning-Related Enzymes in Minimally Processed Iceberg Lettuce and Crude Extracts. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. 2005;69(9):1677-85.
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  • Règlement (UE) n°1169/2011 du Parlement européen et du Conseil du 25 octobre 2011 concernant l’information des consommateurs sur les denrées alimentaires, modifiant les règlements (CE) n°1924/2006 et (CE) n°1925/2006 du Parlement européen et de Conseil et abrogeant la directive 87/250/CEE de la Commission, la directive 90/496/CEE du Conseil, la directive 1999/10/CE de la Commission, la directive 200/13/CE du Parlement européen et du Conseil, les directives 2002/67/CE et 2008/5/CE de la Commission et le règlement (CE) n°608/2004 de la Commission.
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