Chicory Red Ball Averto Seeds
Info: Chicory `Red Ball Averto` is a select strain from Italy known for its beautiful red heads and excellent flavour. Usually, this variety is summer sown for autumn to winter harvesting. The outer leaves are peeled away to find the highly prized `ball` inside. The young leaves are eaten in tossed salads, and cooked leaves are used similarly to spinach in stir-fries and quiches etc.
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|