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Thursday
May032012

Radicchio

Radicchio is a chicory, related to dandelions and those blue chicory flowers you see along road edges.  Its leaves mix red, green, and white, and form loose, crisp heads.  Some folks are thrilled at radicchio's bitter flavor, and don't need any encouragement to load up their sandwiches and salads with this gorgeous green.  For the rest of the greens-eating public, it's wise to mix radicchio with lettuce and other mild greens in salad; its bitterness sets off other flavors well, and its color is stunning alongside pale green lettuce and dark green kale.