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Growing Radicchio in Your Backyard

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Vegetables are a cornerstone to any nutritional plan, helping to provide you with essential vitamins, minerals and health-boosting compounds
  • Radicchio grows best in cooler climates in well-drained and composted soil, including containers; when the weather cooperates you may be able to harvest twice from one plant
  • Radicchio is a nutritional powerhouse and a tasty addition to salads, stews, soups and even omelets; the vegetable holds up well when sautéed, grilled or baked and lends a slightly spicy-bitter flavor to your salad
  • The vegetable has been part of a Mediterranean diet for centuries, with at least five varieties available in the U.S., all named for the regions of Italy where they were first propagated

High in fiber and containing a good deal of the vitamins and minerals your body requires, vegetables are a cornerstone to any nutritional plan. Nearly 23 percent of Americans report eating less than one fruit or vegetable each day with a median intake of just 1.6 times per day overall. By contrast, experts recommend at least five to nine servings of vegetables and fruits each day for optimal health.

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