Try radicchio next time you feel like a salad. Popular in Italian summer diets, this red lettuce has bitter properties and taste. Not a popular flavour, bitter has some great healing benefits, ecellent for drying damp (the belly bulge), stimulating the liver (clear toxins) and energetically soothes the heart. Radicchio contains different phytonutrients than other green lettuce, giving broader spectrum nutrition.
It looks like a little red cabbage, with softer leaves. Prepare it like any other lettuce, break apart leaves and soak in a water bath with a good slurp of apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes. This will kill any parasites that are usually killed during cooking. Being raw, also make sure you chew well to protect your digestion. Chew to loose weight!
I like to hand tear leaves of radicchio and parsley, coat lightly with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, pinch of salt and pepper, tossing through the dressing with my hands. Add orange segments in at the end. The sweet of oranges compliments the bitter taste making for a refreshing salad that accompanies grilled lamb wonderfully.