(80-85 days. Open-pollinated. Cichorium endiva.) Hardy Biennial Rouge de Verona is a classic Italian radicchio in the chicory family. This is a Verona type, originally hailing from that region of Italy. Nicely bitter and spicy, the leaves become sweeter when cooked; a favorite Italian method is grilling with olive oil. Radicchio is a type of chicory so you can roast the roots and add them to coffee for a flavorful hot beverage.
Did You Know? Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist and a commander under Emperor Vespasian, claimed radicchio to be a blood purifier and sleep aid.