RADICCHIO Red Verona
(Red Leafed Chicory)
Used extensively in Italy, it is becoming more widely grown here. Its flavorful somewhat bitter flavor is enjoyed both raw and cooked. A relative of endive, its leaves turn more red and gradually form a compact head as weather turns colder. Outer leaves can be harvested on some plants as they grow, for a zesty addition to salads. Approximately 90 days to maturity.
Special Directions For Short Season Climates
SOWING: Sow seeds from early through late summer, directly into the garden or start indoors in flats or individual peat pots. Cover seed with 1/8 inch fine soil. Plants can also be grown during spring but may not form tight heads.
THINNING AND TRANSPLANTING: Thin or transplant seedlings to about 6 inches apart in rows 18 inches apart.
GERMINATION: One to two weeks, keep soil moderately moist during germination.
Ed's Special Advice
Usually grown as a fall crop. Its flavor improves in cold weather. Plant in a sunny location with fairly fertile well drained soil. Gradually thin plants to about 6 inches apart enjoying the young seedlings in a variety of ethnic recipes. When cutting heads, leave a one inch stump in the ground for possible later sprouting.