Nutrition Profile

  • Iceberg provides a:
  • Good source of vitamin K
  • Folate
Nutrition label for iceberg lettuce
photo of an iceberg lettuce field

Growing Information

Iceberg lettuce is still in the #1 spot in terms of volume produced in the U.S., just beating out romaine. In California, over 80,000 acres are planted and a whopping 1.6 million tons are harvested each year. This lettuce is typically harvested by hand. Hand harvesting is performed using a special long bladed knife with an angled cutting edge. Blades are frequently placed in buckets of sanitizing solution throughout the day. If the heads are being packed for sale directly to the consumer, harvest crews will remove the outer ‘wrapper’ leaves and the heads are inserted in a plastic bag and then placed on a table where a packer seals the plastic bag and places the heads in a carton. Head lettuce is frequently field-packed into cartons for shipping. If the heads are going on for further processing, say for mixed salad, the lettuce heads may be cored in the field or stacked in bins for transport to a processing facility where they are cored, trimmed, washed, and precut into various sizes for market.

Usage Ideas

This classic and versatile green works as a salad base or a burger or sandwich topper

Wedge Salad

One of the best ways to eat iceberg lettuce is in a Wedge Salad. It’s easy to make one of these. Simply cut an iceberg head into four wedges, smother with creamy blue cheese dressing and top with bits of bacon, tomato and more crumbled blue cheese. Serve chilled and eat with a fork and knife.