This year my Radicchio has remained very small, probably because I planted it out too late. It really needs the opportunity to get itself well established before Autumn. However, what it lacks in size is made up for with colour:
Supposedly, Radicchio gets redder as the weather gets colder, and until now I would have agreed with that, but this year we have had very little cold weather and even that has been much less cold than usual, so I don't know why my Radicchio has gone so dark.
The strange wording of my post title is occasioned by this photo. Don't you think this diminutive Radicchio looks like a red rose?
Here we see the same one after a bit of "artification" has been applied:
On a more practical note, this is where the Radicchio ended up - in a salad, with my indoor-grown Mesclun.
Despite its reputation, I find that Radicchio is not particularly bitter. Certainly the paler inner leaves of the heart have only the slightest hint of bitterness, and even that is in no way unpleasant. It just adds another dimension to your salad - as well as contributing some amazing colour, like this:
Just for the record, here is the Mesclun, moments before being trimmed:
It's amazing what you can get out of one little tray! For us, the best component of the Mesclun was, without a doubt, the Celery. It had an amazing intensity of flavour. I'm definitely going to grow some more of that to use as micro-greens!