Organic cultivation of lamb’s lettuce and its nutritional properties


The Canons , corn salad , are also popularly known as lettuce field or lamb’s lettuce. It is an annual plant that belongs to the Valerianáceas botanical family and grows wild in cold areas of Europe. We can find two varieties of lamb’s lettuce: with the narrowest leaf or with the widest leaf.

The lamb’s lettuce leaves have a pleasant flavor, and are often used in recipes for cold or warm dishes, such as salads.

canon cultivation Organic farming of canons

They should be sown in an area where they have some shade, as the direct sun can damage them.

Sowing is usually done by broadcast or in line

The seeds usually take a week to germinate, taking into account that the earth is at about 15 to 18 ºC

It is not a demanding crop, moreover, it adapts quite well to all types of soils

They can not lack water, water stress could cause weakness in the plant and little growth. Therefore, make sure that it receives periodic waterings and that the soil always has a point of humidity.

Leave about 20 cm between plant and plant when planting, always with the soil slightly damp, but without excess water.

The best time to sow is usually at the end of summer, since the plant has resistance to cold. That is why it is called winter lettuce.

As it is a short-cycle plant, it combines very well with other long-cycle plants, so we can associate it with crops such as turnips, carrots, leeks or cabbages.

The canons do not usually give many problems of pests or diseases. Control fungi (drip irrigation to avoid wetting the leaves and avoid the appearance of fungi as much as possible) should be taken into account during its cultivation. To know how to prevent and combat pests, see here

After 45 or 50 days we can start to harvest the lamb’s lettuce.

Canonical properties Nutritional properties of lamb’s lettuce

Lambs lettuce are more nutritious than common lettuce.

Lambs are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, B6, B9 or folic acid, E and minerals such as iodine, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. They also contain fiber

Lambs have diuretic, antioxidant, laxative, relaxing, digestive, and cleansing properties.

Benefits of eating lamb’s lettuce

They strengthen hair, nails and skin

Improves the functioning of the immune system

They stimulate the functioning of the kidneys

They relax the central nervous system

Improve eyesight

They help us go to the bathroom on a regular basis

They promote good digestion

Fight anemia

Canons improve concentration ability

Prevents cardiovascular diseases

Stimulates metabolism

Regulate blood sugar level

100 grams of lamb’s lettuce provide only 21 kcalories.

Lambs are excellent to include in the diet of athletes, children, pregnant and lactating mothers, as well as in the diet of people who want to lose weight and lose weight.


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