Radicchio is a leaf chicory with a spicy and bitter taste that mellows when cooked or grilled.  Purple in color radicchio is a perennial plant that has a similar shape to a cabbage, but thinner and more tender leaves.  Due to its bitterness, radicchio pairs best with sweet, salty and acidic ingredients like oranges, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar.

Radicchio

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Storage

Store in plastic in the refrigerator, radicchio should keep for about 5 days, much less then a cabbage.

Preparation

 Remove outer leaves and finely shred, tear, or chop.  Bitter on it’s own radicchio is great combined with other greens for salads, grilled, braised, and used as a pizza topping.