Passerina | Rosa del Veneto Chicory Seed

$5.00$141.00 AUD excl gst

*Passerina SM4.30 (ex Rosato) is offered as part of the “Gusto Italiano Project”, a collaborative partnership . Organically grown seed bred in Italy by Smarties.Bio

If Rosso di Chioggia was the ambassador to the first wave of admiration for radicchio, Rosa del Veneto is surely that of the second wave

In this time of sumptuous food photography and social media produce divas no radicchio has garnered as much attention in the past year or two than these pink beauties. Its hard to wrap your head around growing something so beautiful that you can eat

Rosa del Veneto types are a relatively recent addition to the radicchio family and there’s really not another salad leaf that falls in the same stunning spectrum of salmon to pink colour. Extremely cold hardy and very late to develop its colour, these are at peak from late the Australian temperate May through September from a summer solstice sowing. Don’t be surprised that they stay green well into May most years. It would be a shame to waste the colour on cooking so they are most often pulled apart and/or shredded for raw salads. Leaves are substantial and pleasingly bitter

As with all radicchio, be especially mindful of your planting dates as a successful crop requires a much narrower planting window than most garden vegetables.

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

Key features

  • Pelleted seed for ease and precision
  • Late winter harvest variety
  • Days to Maturity from transplant: 120/130
  • Extremely cold hardy
  • Grow in cool temperate areas
  • Suits fresh market
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