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Radicchio


Cichorium intybus

Radicchio

Radicchio is an excellent addition to salads, adding crunch and a distinctive nutty, pleasantly bitter flavor. Its burgundy color is also gorgeous in among green leaves. Plant radicchio in spring a month before the last frost date or in mid-summer for a fall harvest. Best quality occurs when plants mature during cool weather. After harvest, remove the leaf veins to reduce bitterness.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Plant Type:
Vegetable
Plant Height:
4-12 inches tall
Plant Width:
6-18 inches wide
Top Varieties

'Early Treviso' radicchio develops an elongated head that turns red in cool weather. In mild climates it is a good overwintering variety, ready to harvest 85 days after planting.
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Harvest Tips
Harvest heads of radicchio 60 to 85 days after seeding when heads develop firmness similar to iceberg lettuce. Cut the head from the plant with a sharp knife. Overmature heads develop toughness and increased bitter flavor.
Propagation
Seed