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Nutritional Properties of Radicchio

Seasonal Eats: Will You Be Picking Up Some Radicchio?

What say you about this bitter bright leaf? Radicchio adds a splash of color and taste to any salad, and Winter is its time to shine. The vegetable resembles a red cabbage but is actually part of the chicory family and is similar to escarole or endive.

There are many reasons to love this seasonal eat. Radicchio is a great source of vitamin K, with one serving (a cup, shredded) giving you well more than your daily needed intake, and it packs in vitamins C and E. It's also got other excellent properties: a serving has 10 percent of your daily value of folate, which is essential for healthy cell building, and contains the compound intybin, which helps with digestion and is known as a liver detox aid.

If radicchio's bitter taste is too strong for your liking, try grilling or broiling the vegetable with some olive oil to mellow it out, or try it in a vegetable and polenta casserole.

Are you a fan of radicchio? How do you add it to your Winter meals?

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