Welcome to my dad’ s vegetable patch! For those who don’t know what those green and red leaves are, this is radicchio. A chicory leaf which grows in the colder climate of the north of Italy.
Polenta, fresh cheese and radicchio are a match made in heaven. Ever tried it?
The simple rustic taste of wholesome food gradually gets your taste buds accustomed to proper food so that you will find processed food completely tasteless.
Radicchio has always been staple food in my family. It is similar to salad but it is not salad as such. It has white-veined red leaves with a bitter taste which mellows when cooked. Also its texture is different: it is more of a tough salad with “character” 🙂
To grow well it needs a cold and dry climate like the one in Northern Italy. Last year I had a go at growing it in England but due to the heavy rain most of it went rotten. I will try again but I will cover it up next time so the soil won’t get too soaked.
In Northern Italy it is a really popular crop and many people mostly have it instead of salad. It is also used in cooking and can be enjoyed chargrilled, on top of pizza or to make lasagne like my mum did last time I went to see her.