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Chicory 'Rossa di Treviso Precoce'

Grow this red chicory for tasty winter dishes. A beautiful plant with handsome deep red chicory leaves.
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1000 seeds

5 seedlings

10 seedlings

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Details:

Type
Edible Crop
Position
Kitchen Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Height
30cm (12in)
Group/Species
intybus
Common name
Radicchio
Moisture
Well-drained
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
30cm (12in)
Cultivation
Direct sow 1.5cm (½in) deep into finely-prepared soil, in rows spaced 30cm (12in) apart from late May to July or into individual cells under cover for planting out later.

Description

This red chicory is extremely hardy and can be grown for eating straight out of the garden or for a less bitter taste for forcing in the dark inside. It's shaped like the classic bullet Whitloof chicory, but in a handsome deep red. Excellent raw and cooked.

I am mad keen on chicory. They are incredibly hardy, totally invaluable plants for the winter vegetable patch and not nearly widely enough grown in Britain. I like chicory raw in a mixed leaf salad but it's even better cooked when the leaves lose their bitterness.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Care Tips

Plant out 15-30cm (6-12in) apart in a sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil. Keep moist at all times, to avoid it becoming bitter.