I dropped by the Fresh Fields stall at the outdoor market section of Market!Market! Mall last friday, with fingers crossed, hoping they had lots of fresh dill in stock for a side of salmon I was turning into gravlax again. I was in luck… not only did they have more than a kilo of the freshest looking and smelling dill, but as they were wrapping that up, I spotted some treviso radicchio in little plastic bags! Could it be locally grown, finally? Yes, Edwin, the proprietor confirmed. Yahoo!
I have often wondered when someone would finally bring in the seeds and test the soil/temperature conditions to see if they could raise radicchio, and after many, many years here it is! A bit green on the spines where they should be almost white, these also had “open heads” and the leaves didn’t curl in tight. But no matter, these tasted great and were a welcome addition to the growing choice of salad greens (and reds) on the local market. Edwin advised that he would be growing more of the smaller rounded head variety and that should be on the market in about two months time.
I have featured radicchio before, first in a post on the Ponte Milvio market in Rome from 2006, then this produce laden gift basket from a friend in 2007, a late-summer 2009 post on the Union Square Market, and this post from San Francisco in 2010 featuring the treviso variety. I like radicchio in a three colored lettuce salad with endive, young arugula and radicchio with a balsamic vinaigrette…