Beatrice | 90 Day Variegata di Castelfranco Chicory Seed

$5.00$107.00 AUD excl gst

Beatrice (ex #SM4.20) is a professional product that corresponds to the local ideotype’s Variegata di Castelfranco allows high yields while also maintaining the typical attitude to be opened. Nice creamy colour red mottled

Named after the town about 65 km NW of Venice, towards Bassano, Variegato di Castelfranco is winter salad royalty and one of the most visually stunning “greens” we grow. Plants begin with an open habit of broad green leaves which eventually develop a central conical head that becomes denser and denser through the autumn and into the winter. As the weather cools the leaves develop stunning burgundy flecking which is contrasted against the inner golden leaves that have been blanched by the exterior. Patterning and degree of flecking can vary from plant to plant and the outer edges of the leaves have an elegant serrated shape. Sometimes referred to as the “Tulip of Winter” in Italy, the dense heads are laboriously opened up into a beautiful floral shape for to display in markets. Castelfranco types offer some of the best fresh, raw eating of the entire radicchio family, with thin tender leaves and a very mild bitterness. Very cold-hardy it is one of the very best choices for winter salad greens


Selection Cycles (days to maturity slots). For most vegetables growers stagger planting dates to provides a continuous harvest. With radicchio, a different strategy is employed. For most, heading radicchio is best suited to seeding around the summer solstice, Dec 21st to Jan 3rd, transplanting 3-4 weeks later. To achieve extended harvest periods, rather than staggering planting dates, radicchio uses days-to-maturity options within a type. These are often referred to as “slots” with many types having early, mid, and late slotted varieties

Contact us for larger production quantities. Ref: Beatrice 90 day, Variegata di Castelfranco

*Beatrice seed is offered as part of the “Gusto Italiano Project”, a collaborative partnership. Organically grown seed bred in Italy by Smarties.Bio

Key features

  • Pelleted seed for ease and precision sowing
  • Days to Maturity from transplant (slot): 90 days (early mid cycle)
  • Suitable for mid Autumn harvest
  • Beautiful presentation
  • Winter salad, low bitter
  • Product developed for professional use
  • Suits all temperate areas, very cold hardy
  • Suits fresh market, processing

Links for all other Variegata di Castelfranco Radicchio selection cycles are in Growing Information below

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