Italian Heirloom. Radicchio (Pronounced Ra Di Kio) is a well-known traditional leaf crop in Europe, and one of the many radicchio varietals from Italy.It is an improved variety that will allow you to harvest two or more crops from the same plant. It is tastiest after the first winter frost, and the cold also deepens the beautiful, red colour. Rossa di Verona has obtained IGP recognition.
Other Names: Italian Chicory, Rouge de Verone, Red of Verona.
The development of red Radicchio originally started with the intense selection practiced by growers in the Verona province before the eighteenth century.The tradition of growing radicchio in the high plains of Verona, in the Northern, Vento region of Italy, began in the early 1900s, as recorded in 1904 by Sormani Moretti. Then in the 1950’s, after World War 2, the improved Rossa di Verona was bred from Rossa di Treviso. It has similar characteristics than its progenitor but a fuller, rounder shape. During this same time the extensive production of "Rossa di Verona" for domestic and export markets began.
Radicchio has a slightly bitter taste, and is rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins A and B, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. It can be used fresh in salads with vinaigrette. Traditionally it is used to make risotto and pasta. The fleshy taproot cab be used just like any fresh radish. Radicchio can be grilled and used with meat, or used as a side dish with cheese. Radicchio is said to be good for insomnia, purifying the blood and detoxifying the liver. It is also a diuretic and stimulates bile secretion. Very good for people with stomach problems. .The juice is also used in preparations for irritated skin.
Radicchio is a cool weather plant, and although it can be panted almost all year round, you will get the best results with an early spring or autumn planting. Plant seeds about 4 weeks before the last frost. Cold temperatures will sweeten the leaves and deepen the colours. Radicchio will grow in most types of soil, and prefers frequent, but light watering, do not over water. Watering to infrequently will cause to bitter leaves. Needs 3-4 hours of direct sunlight daily.
About 85-92 days to maturity.
Coastal Areas: Feb-Nov
Inland Areas: Feb-Oct
Subtropical Areas: Apr-Nov
Standard packet contains approx 150 seeds
contains approx 50 seeds
Radicchio rossa de Verona
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