NEW YORK (AP) -- Iceberg lettuce is as much a part of America's kitchens as sliced bread.
It is often added to sandwiches of cold-cuts and cheese for lunch and tossed as a salad with dinner.
But where did it come from and when?
It comes from California's Salinas Valley, the ''lettuce capital of the world.'' In 1926, as the story goes, farmer Bruce Church lamented that there was no way to ship lettuce long distances without it wilting.
So he devised a system that became standard for fresh food distribution. He packed it in mounds of ice, thus the name iceberg lettuce.
His company, Fresh Express Fresh Foods, is still family owned and operated.
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