We’re all about gorgeous produce: Let’s not forget the magnificence of Glass Gem Corn...and we’re still swooning over pink lemons. The latest plant to grace our feeds? Pink lettuce. And we’re officially in love.
The blush-hued leaves (whoa, they look like enormous flower petals) aren’t actually lettuce, but Radicchio del Veneto, a varietal of chicory grown mostly in Italy and Southern France. (Très fancy.) Now it’s popping up in some California and Pennsylvania grocery stores and restaurants. If you haven’t tasted radicchio, it’s bold and bitter and it pairs beautifully with citrus. Just saying.
How does this vegetable get its signature rose tint? The chicory plants are forced, meaning they’re harvested in the fall and replanted in total darkness until the spring. The lack of sun causes the leaves to retain their pink color.
But looking this good comes at a price. If you’re lucky enough to find a head of the pink lettuce, it could cost you anywhere from $5 to $10 per pound. In that case, we’re happy gazing from afar on Instagram.