What’s the difference between Cabbage and Lettuce?

1. Which is healthier?

Which is healthier?

Are you also among those who think lettuce and cabbage are the two names of the same vegetable? Although they look similar, cabbage and lettuce are quite different from each other. The term “lettuce” comes from a Latin word ‘lac’ meaning “milk” and the word cabbage is derived from the term “Normanno-Picard caboche”, which means ‘head’. Lettuce and Cabbage come from different plant species. Lettuce traces its origin to the Lactusa or Asteraceae family, on the other hand Cabbage belongs to the Brassica plant family.Cabbage consists of a short stem and a head that forms a bulb-type shape. It is usually green in color and the outer leaves are harder to eat while the inner ones are softer. On the other hand, lettuce also has a short stem and leaves that wrap around each other. It tends to be greener than cabbage, owing to a high amount of chlorophyll. Compared to cabbage, lettuce is soft in texture and has high water content. Cabbage is considered more nutritious than lettuce because of the presence of more energy in it. Cabbage has higher calorie content as compared to lettuce. A 100 g of cabbage has 25 calories whereas lettuce on the other hand has only 13 calories per 100 grams. Cabbage is richer in vitamin C and dietary fiber..Cabbage belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetable and can be grouped together with cauliflower and broccoli, whereas lettuce is a leafy green. Here are some interesting differences between the two, which will also help you find out which is a healthier option. Scroll down to know more about cabbage vs lettuce before you take your next trip to the grocery store:

2. Different plant species

Different plant species

Lettuce and Cabbage come from different plant species. Lettuce traces its origin to the Lactusa or Asteraceae family on the other hand Cabbage belongs to the Brassica plant family.

3. How they grow

How they grow

Growing condition can be one difference between cabbage and lettuce. Whereas lettuce grows best in shade while cabbage grows in cool temperatures. Lettuce is grown in sandy soil with a pH value of 6 or 7 on the other hand cabbage can thrive in different varieties of soil as long as the pH value does not exceed 6.5.

4. Difference in appearance

Difference in appearance

Cabbage consists of a short stem and a head that forms a bulb-type shape. It is usually green in color and the outer leaves are harder to eat while the inner ones are softer.On the other hand, lettuce also has a short stem and the leaves wrap around each other. It tends to be greener than cabbage, owing to a high amount of chlorophyll. Compared to cabbage, lettuce is soft in texture and has high water content. The leaves in cabbage are more tightly packed than the leaves in Lettuce. Cabbage is denser and heavier than lettuce.

5. Lettuce is a leafy green

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Cabbage belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetable and can be grouped together with cauliflower and broccoli, whereas lettuce is a leafy green.

6. Cabbage is more nutritious

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Lettuce is a rich source of folic acid and Vitamin A. Cabbage contains glutamine, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

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