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Radicchio is a red leafy vegetable, that is said to be native to Italy. It is slightly bitter and spicy in taste and is mainly used in salads. It can also be grilled, sauted or roasted, so as to reduce its bitterness. Radicchio is a leaf chicory, which has red leaves with white veins. It is also known as red chicory or Italian chicory. While, some types of chicory plants are cultivated for their leaves that are used as vegetable, some others are grown for roots, that are baked and ground, so as to be used as a coffee substitute. There are many varieties (almost 19) of radicchio and most of them are named after the different regions in Italy, from where, they originated. The most commonly available among them is radicchio di Chioggia. Others include radicchio di Treviso, radicchio di Castelfranco, Tardivo, Gorizia, etc. It was during the 1980s, that this vegetable became popular in the U.S. Apart from adding color and flavor to dishes, radicchio is also highly nutritious.

You may include this leafy vegetable in your diet and reap the benefits offered by it. Radicchio salad is one of the popular and common way of consuming it. It tastes great with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, lemon, bacon, garlic, anchovies, butter, cheese, etc. If you are averse to the flavor of this vegetable, you may use Belgian endive as a radicchio substitute in recipes that call for radicchio.

Being rich in nutrients and other beneficial compounds, radicchio is considered as a healthy leafy vegetable. If you like the flavor of this vegetable, you may consume it raw, otherwise, grill, roast or saute them, so as to mellow its slight bitterness.

Roasted Cauliflower & Radicchio Salad

Roasted Cauliflower & Radicchio Salad