The ugly duckling that becomes a swan
With the arrival of the first cold spells, our radicchio is ready to be harvested. It still has far to go before reaching the tables of our customers!
As soon as it is harvested it is placed in vats filled with running water kept at a temperature of 12-14°C to initiate the forcing and blanching stages.
Everything takes place in greenhouses covered with dark cloth in order to prevent the plant from producing chlorophyll.
In this warm atmosphere, our radicchio undergoes a transformation and sprouts again producing new internal leaves. From an ugly duckling a beautiful swan is born!
After 15-20 days the transformation and ripening of our radicchio is complete and it is ready for the last stage, cleaning. The outer leaves are removed from the heads which are then washed in running water and only then are ready for sale.
How can you tell when radicchio is fresh?
Our agricultural business, Borgo Dus, is committed to giving its customers high quality products. Our Red Radicchio of Treviso has crunchy, close fitting leaves that close around the head at its tip, wine-red coloured leaf edges and white stalks. The cleaned root is white and is proportional in size to the head and shorter than 6 cm.
Nutritional information per 100 g
Calories 23 Kcal
Water content 93.3 g
Fibre 0.8 g
Sugar 0.6 g
Fat 0.2 g
Carbohydrates 4.5 g
Protein 1.4 g
Vitamin A 27 IU (trace)
Vitamin B1 0.02 mg
Vitamin B2 0.03 mg
Vitamin B3 0.2 mg
Vitamin B6 0.06 mg
Vitamin C 8 mg
Vitamin K 251 mcg
Calcium 16 mg
Iron 0.6 mg
Phosphorus 41.5 mg
Magnesium 12.8 mg
Potassium 302 mg
Sodium 20 mg
Radicchio is rich in minerals. Its high water and fibre content give it purifying properties. The calcium and the iron favour bone metabolism, strengthening them, while vitamin K contributes to bone density. Red radicchio of Treviso stimulates the immune system due to its high quantity of vitamin C. In addition, it is low in calories and is therefore widely recommended on calorie-controlled diets.