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Romaine calm; lettuce not panic

Iceberg lettuce shortage. We went to two different supermarkets today with no success.

I Googled it when I got home and, sure enough, there were half a dozen articles about the February shortages of vegetables, particularly iceberg lettuce, due to colder than average temperatures in Spain.

In February 1997 and 1998. As an enthusiastic consumer of iceberg lettuce, you’d think I’d remember shortages every February, but no.

Which is why you can sucker people into believing this year’s hurricanes, wild fires, rainy season or any other regular weather phenomenon are the ZOMG Worstest Ever. We don’t remember for shit.

So I got a nice crispy looking romaine.


Comment from Drew458
Time: February 17, 2020, 9:52 pm

Romaine has better flavor anyway. Iceberg has great crunch, but not much taste. Boston lettuce is what you want, but it’s so fragile you might as well eat it in the store. Half the time it’s going bad by the time you get it home.

Hope you’re prepared for the next EOTWAWKI weather system that’s about to hit you. -4°C and super windy … here we go again!!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 17, 2020, 10:17 pm

The Romaine from Spain tastes mainly rather plain….

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: February 18, 2020, 1:02 am

You should eat cabbage! They’re the same!

We never did, because the Pater Familias wouldn’t allow it in the house. Something about growing up with it.

I grew up thinking it was just some funny kind of lettuce that you could only get at my uncle’s house.

Needless to say the traditional ‘corn beef and cabbage’ of the stereo typical Irish family never appeared in our house.
Now YANKEE food we had a plenty because mom was descended from a bunch of exiled Puritans from Rhode Island

and dad wasn’t allowed near the stove, because we couldn’t afford new broilers. pr mew pots and pans on a regular basis.

Comment from OldFert
Time: February 18, 2020, 2:20 am

We had a lettuce shortage when I was stationed at Misawa, Japan forty-some years ago.

The commissary (GI food store) did what they could, but soon we were down to chunks of iceberg lettuce you could put in a bag. All brown-edged and yucky looking.
What’s funny was we could go downtown to the Japanese supermarket and buy lettuce there. Only difference seemed to be that their lettuce was smaller, firmer, and was a fresh, strong green almost to the center.

The commissary also ran out of eggs for a while, but they quickly started getting Japanese eggs. They came ten to a package. We referred to it as a “metric dozen.”

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 18, 2020, 2:48 am

Stoaty, I thought you were a brexiteer. Have you been a crypro-romainer all along?

Comment from weasel again
Time: February 18, 2020, 7:00 pm

Oh god, Durned. You just reminded me of something!

In college, there was an iceberg shortage and we started buy cabbage instead. Being 19 years old and dumb as stumps, we had no idea cabbage makes you fart. Picture a household of 7 teenage girls walking around for days trying to hold it in…

No don’t. That’s bound to be somebody’s fetish.

Comment from dissent555
Time: February 19, 2020, 11:41 pm

There’s always kale.

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