Lactuca sativa
Lettuce at a farm in Costa Rica

Lettuce at a farm in Costa Rica (Photo by Frank Mangan)


Lettuce originated in the Mediterranean area and was brought to Latin America with the European colonization.

Lettuce is used in Costa Rica for salads. A more traditional salad in Costa Rica is sliced cabbage and tomato. The large tourist industry in Costa Rica might be the reason for the increase in lettuce production.

Boston or bib lettuce is the most common type of lettuce grown.

Lettuce grown under plastic ona farm in Costa Rica


In Costa Rica, lettuce is often grown under row cover to protect the foliage from moisture during the rainy season.

For information on production and management of lettuce, refer to the New England Vegetable Management Guide and click on "Lettuce, Endive and Escarole".

Seed Sources

There are many seed sources for Boston or bib letuce

Found in:

Costa Rica