Batavia Red has been in Europe for some time, but began picking up popularity in North America in the early 2000s. In North America, some regions have decided to start calling it Sierra, while other areas call it well, by its name. Batavia Red has jagged-edged leaves that form a loose leaf head of lettuce. The leaves are crisp, thick and shiny green, becoming tinged darkly with red at the ends. The leaves are crisp with a slight, pleasantly mild taste to them. Batavia Red belongs to the same branch of the lettuce family as iceberg.