One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A butterhead lettuce of a variety that has crisp dark green leaves.
- ‘Make a bed of bibb lettuce and watercress leaves on each plate. Arrange the grapefruit and avocado sections on top.’
- ‘The best salad types have very open heads and are often a pale green fading to yellow at the heart, about the color of bibb lettuce.’
- ‘A bibb lettuce salad came bearing wishy-washy Stilton vinaigrette - surprising, since the restaurant's Stilton sauce, an optional add-on to the broiled meats, is dazzling and addictive.’
- ‘This salad is very simple: bibb lettuce dressed with browned butter with lemon added.’
- ‘Grow a miniature version of romaine or bibb lettuce that's just the right size for an individual salad.’
Late 19th century: named after Jack Bibb (1789–1884), the American horticulturalist who developed it.
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