Did you know that the Chinese word for “fortune” is ‘Cai’? The same word ‘Cai’ is also a part of the Chinese name for Lettuce, ‘Sheng Cai’. Chinese believe that lettuce brings good luck. In the traditional Chinese New Year lion dance or ‘Cai Ching’, people hold out lettuce leaves tied to envelopes containing money for the lion to eat. The lion grabs the packet (eats the money) and scatters the lettuce – spreading good luck and marking a fresh start for the new year.
Traditions apart, lettuce is also a superfood widely acknowledged for its health benefits. It helps in weight loss due to negligible fat content. It is high in proteins, dietary fiber and minerals like iron, calcium, zinc, potassium. It is also rich in vitamins like B-Complex, C, A, E and K. It improves sleep quality and is beneficial for people suffering from insomnia. It helps in lowering cholesterol, promotes the growth of healthy skin, prevents gray hair due to its high potassium content and helps in controlling anxiety.
With so many associated benefits, lettuce is always in high demand. However, being a cool weather crop it is generally cultivated in hilly areas. It is often plucked raw, treated with chemicals to increase shelf life and then dispatched to urban centers for sale where the consumption and demand are high. Often, the fresh lettuce that you see on your supermarket shelf will be at least 7 – 10 days old. From cultivation to storage to transportation to artificial ripening, it may take those many days. In the process, it loses a part of its inherent nutritional value and may have added chemicals/pesticides making this super healthy food rather harmful for your consumption.
Think of it, how wonderful it would be if you could have your own unlimited supply of fresh lettuce, 24×7, 100% free of chemicals and pesticides, always fresh and ready to eat. We solve this through our flagship CG Kitchen Garden series using which you can grow up to 20 leafy green salads and herbs in as little an area as would be occupied by a single pot. Use it to have your own year-round supply of fresh and exotic greens like lettuce, kale, chard, rosemary, celery, parsley etc. Bring home a CG Kitchen Garden, bring home good luck and good health.
Gaurav is an entrepreneur whose first Start-up was focused on providing services to patients suffering from Chronic Diseases. While researching about the causes of lifestyle diseases and the ways to reduce their incidence, he chanced upon the idea of growing healthy and nutritious food using advanced farming techniques.
He founded CityGreens with a mission to enable City Dwellers to access Safe, Healthy and Fresh food.