Salad Days Trivia Quiz

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2. Take two leaves and call me in the morning

Ancient Greek physicians believed that lettuce could help their patients in which of the following ways?

A) Clear the complexion
B) Cure leprosy
C) Improve eyesight
D) Induce sleep

Your answer — B) Cure leprosy — was incorrect.

Lettuce soup was served as the last course at Greek banquets to give the guests a restful night. The milky white sap of the lettuce plant is reminiscent of the juice of opium poppies, and some people still believe lettuce has soporific powers. During World War II, an extract of the wild lettuce plant was used in hospitals as a mild sedative, but later studies showed that extracts of the lettuce plant actually have little effect on people.

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