Lettuce route


Italy and The Netherlands have a strong history when it comes to lettuce. Dutch Nursery’s have been successfully trying to get the bitter taste out of lettuce since the 18th century. Nowadays the taste of bitter is still not highly regarded in Dutch food culture. The Italian food culture contradicts this and considers the bitter taste as a natural counterpart for the other flavours; sweet, sour, salty and umami.

Italy and especially Rome, also has a strong history when it comes to lettuce. The old
Romans already used the white milky juice of lettuce for it’s morphine-like qualities.
At the Dutch embassy in Rome, we made a series of simple bites based on lettuce
starting from ‘sweet’ lettuce, going to peppery tasting lettuce and ending with bitter