When life gives you frozen radicchio….

January 5, 2010 | By | Comments (4)
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….take a picture of it!

…And then wait till it thaws and try it, because you’re curious to see what frost does to radicchio.

I am happy to report that it suffered not at all. In fact, I think it made the radicchio a little bit sweeter.

Am I just deluding myself? No, suggests longtime garden writer Barbara Damrosch, among others. Cold weather turns radicchio not only red (ours was green for ages) but sweet. OK, sweetish. It’s still kind of bitter. But I like that.

Here is what I did with it. Unfortunately,by the time I got it home tonight I was hungry, and ate it so fast that I forgot to take a picture.

Frost-Sweetened Radicchio Salad

Rinse the dirt and tiny snails from your freshly pulled-up radicchio. Separate it into leaves and rinse well. Mix, if you like, with some other lettuce (I happened to have some redleaf in the fridge so I used that), parmesan shavings, and thinly sliced beauty heart radish (from my local farmer’s market—so pretty, so sweet, and it grows here in winter). I tossed it with a quick vinaigrette of salt, balsamic vinegar, and good fresh olive oil. Gone kinda fast.


  1. Margo True

    If your sister likes post-freeze radicchio, she probably would also like the other frost-sweetened vegetables. Apparently there’s a whole category of vegetables that react this way—brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, cabbage, even carrots.

    January 12, 2010 at 6:24 am
  2. vitamins

    It is good to read your post.This picture of radicchio is really nice.Even I don’t like to eat it but my sister like frozen radicchio.Thanks for this post.

    January 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm
  3. Margo True

    Isn’t it? Next time I’ll wait until I see a bigger snail on one of the leaves–and do a combo recipe with Team Escargot.

    Ok, not really. Given their last post, I feel it would be unwise.

    January 6, 2010 at 4:19 am
  4. Sheila

    Radicchio is gorgeous even when frozen.

    January 6, 2010 at 12:45 am

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