EN on Foods

January 2012 Issue

Radicchio Ranks High in Antioxidants

A member of the chicory family, along with endive, escarole and dandelions, radicchio (Cichorium intybus) is sometimes called Italian chicory, red chicory and red endive. There are several varieties of radicchio, each named after its Italian region of origin. They have similarly firm leaves and a bittersweet flavor but vary significantly in appearance, from red-globed Chiogga, to elongated Treviso and flower-like Tardivo and Castelfranco.

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