Chicory Rossa di Treviso Seeds
Info: The `Rossa di Treviso` variety is the famous classic Italian Radicchio. It grows upright with large leaves, changing its colour from green to red when the weather becomes cooler. The stems remain in a pure white. If it matures during the warmest months of summer, the leaves turn bitter (also with water stress). Radicchio grown in the autumn or over the winter retains its sweet flavour. That is why sowing in July is an option, so that you can harvest in late autumn.
The Italian varieties of radicchio are named after the Italian regions where they originate. The region of Treviso is located north of Venice on the edge of the Alps and is also the origin of the real Prosecco.
Sowing & Cultivation: The sowing takes place in rows, thinly distributed and 1-2 cm deep. Then cover with soil and water regularly. Separate young plants. Harvest time is in June to November. Chicoree likes a sunny site with nutrient-rich, loamy soil.
Chicory can also be grown as a winter vegetable. Then it is sown in late summer and in the autumn the thick roots are excavated and buried in a dark, warm cellar (for example heating room) in a sand box. About three weeks later, soft bleached heads occur, which then can be harvested.
|Botanical name||Cichorium intybus|
|Sowing||from march under glass, april/may outdoors|
|Location||sunny position, nutrient rich soil|