A compact loose leaved type with frilled red colored leaves. Lollo Rosso has fringed and crinkled leaves that are tinged deep red at their ends, with a fairly tender, yet crisp texture. The depth of colour varies with each variety. It contains the antioxidant quercetin, which is believed to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Blend with other greens in salads, use as a bed for presentations, add to mixed greens, sandwiches. Garnish soups, proteins. Serve with chunks of bread dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
When harvesting, be sure the Lollo Rosso leaves are at least three inches in length and that an entire outer layer is plucked to encourage growth. Several harvests can be obtained from one plant. Once the central stem forms the plant is ready to bolt and the leaves will become excessively bitter.