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Arcane Romaine

WHAT BETTER TIME than the New Year (when many resolve to eat more healthfully) to celebrate the crunchy, vinegar-y history of salads? The Burpee seed company’s 1894 invention of the durable, much-loved and-loathed iceberg lettuce (a staple for salads) was a giant step for a food that dates to Egyptian times.

More recently, in 2015, lettuce even made the leap to outer space, with an orbital-grown salad served aboard the International Space Station. Ironically, the space-age greens

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