Amenhotep I offering lettuce to Min

Amenhotep I offering lettuce to Min

Lettuce was first cultivated in ancient Egypt for the production of oil from its seeds. This plant was probably selectively bred by the Egyptians into a plant grown for its edible leaves, with evidence of its cultivation appearing as early as 2680 BC. Lettuce was considered a sacred plant of the reproduction god Min, and it was carried during his festivals and placed near his images.

Fragment of a bas relief depicting the pharaoh Amenhotep I offering lettuce to Min of Coptos, God of fertility. Temple of Amun at Karnak.