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You may have spotted this photogenic pink-hued lettuce on your Instagram feed, and what a beauty it is! Pink radicchio (also called Radicchio del Veneto or La Rosa del Vento) is making waves for its pastel hue and resemblance to pink flower petals. While the blush chicory originally hails from the Veneto region of Italy, it’s now come stateside. Look for it at select farmers’ markets, restaurants and health-food stores (including some Whole Foods Market locations) across the United States.
Health Benefits: Radicchio boasts a wealth of nutrients: Among them, vitamin E has antioxidant properties that fight disease; vitamin K aids in bone health; and copper and iron are both needed for red blood cell formation. It’s also a great source of folate, essential for healthy cell growth.
Eat It: The leaves are mild-tasting, with both sweet and bitter notes. Use in salads or add to smoothies for a pop of pink!
Store It: Store in a perforated plastic bag in the refrigerator crisper drawer for 3 to 4 weeks. Wash before using.