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Chicory, Radicchio & Endive

Radicchio ( Cicoria) has been around for centuries. Pliny, the elder makes mention of the red-lined lettuce of the Veneto region noting that not only was it tasty the leaves could also cure insomnia and purify the blood.

The modern radicchio with its rich red and white leaves was developed in the mid 1800's.Today, radicchio is the generic name of a few types of leaf chicory. There are many kinds but the most famous and important are Rosso di Treviso, Variegata Di Castelfranco.These have IGP status

Both red and green cicoria thrive in cooler temperatures and can tolerate frost.Mostly red and green cicoria is used torn and raw; when cooked the bitterness is less pronounced and changes to an autumnal red-brown and develops the trademark nutty flavour

Heading chicory and radicchio initially grow a mass of loose leaves that in time will head up.

Indive (indiva) Scarola Bionda A Cuore Pieno DBO121/2

Indive (indiva) Scarola Bionda A Cuore Pieno DBO121/2

  One of the best  endives ( escarole)  for eating in salads as it has a large blonde heart which makes the leaves more tender. We have been asked by a number of our NZ Franchi customers to import this  due to its flavour and reputation. 12gram pkt
Indiva Scarola Bionda A Cuore Pieno DBO 121/2
NZD $7.50


Bis Di Cicorie Grumolo Rossa e Verde DBO93/9

Bis Di Cicorie Grumolo Rossa e Verde DBO93/9

Mid/early ancient leaf chicory that you 'cut and it comes again'. Forms the beautiful characteristic rosette-shaped heads late in the season with the cold. Sow 1cm in depth from spring to autumn and harvest during the winter months. Looks spectacular when used in a salad dish. 12g approx 6000 seeds
Bis Di Cicorie DBO 93/9
NZD $7.50


Chicory Da Taglio  Bionda  a Foglie Larghe DBO40/25

Chicory Da Taglio Bionda a Foglie Larghe DBO40/25

Light green cutting Chicory with a mild taste which is perfect for making a balanced green salad. Broadcast sow in beds with a spacing of around 30cm after risk of frost. Cover lightly. Cut at about 10cm and succession sow for continuous supply. 12g approx 6000 seeds. If you find your Chicory is too bitter just soak it in cold salty water for 30 minutes
Cicoria Da Taglio Foglie Larghe DBO40/25
NZD $7.50

Cicoria Catalogna Pugliese DBO 40/9

Cicoria Catalogna Pugliese DBO 40/9

A very rare and tasty cicoria from Puglia. Upright rustic plant with long serrated leaves and white ribs. Direct sow or transplant in all but the deepest winter months. This juicy vegetable is primarily grown for salad but can also be cooked. Try it gently boiled in salted water served on top of broad bean puree sprinkled with bread cubes fried in olive oil and garlic. 12g
Cicoria CatalognaPugliese DBO40/9
NZD $7.50

Cicoria Catalogna Punterelle Brindisina DBO 40/46

Cicoria Catalogna Punterelle Brindisina DBO 40/46

  A 'punterelle' variety of cicoria which is grown for its stems and buds. It is also sweeter and more delicate than other cicoria. Sow direct or as transpants late summer and spring spacing 15cm apart. The central stem is thicker than other puntarelle. Very crunchy and tasty. Slice inner-core thinly and immerse in cold water until they curl up. Drizzle with lemon anchovy dressing. 12grams
Cic Cat Punt Brindisina DBO40/46
NZD $7.50


Cicoria Pan Di Zucchero DBO 40/10

Cicoria Pan Di Zucchero DBO 40/10

"Sugarloaf" is an upright green heading chicory that  forms a romaine-like head of leaves that are closely swirled around one another. Sugar loaf chicories are not as bitter as other chicories,but they're not quite a lettuce either. The head can be cut in half sprinkled with olive oil  and grilled or slice into the inner-most leaves and shred for a salad. Best to grow in winter but can also work well in Spring. 12gram packet
Cicoria Pan Di Zucchero DBO 40/10
NZD $7.50

Cicoria Spadona DBO 40/1

Cicoria Spadona DBO 40/1

"Sword" chicory is a rustic upright plant with long rounded leaves and thin stems.An excellent salad green with an assertive chicory taste 12gram packet
Cicoria Spadona DBO 40/1
NZD $7.50

Cicoria Variegata Esposizione Di Castefranco DBOS 40/20

Cicoria Variegata Esposizione Di Castefranco DBOS 40/20

Selezione Speciale. A very high quality venetian variety with a round crunchy closed head. very hardy plant.  White radicchio  have the same growing season as winter lettuce. Sow 1cm deep from  early autumn. 4g packet    
DBOS 40/20 Speciale Castelfranco
NZD $8.00


Indivia Riccia Cuor D'oro DBO 75/4

Indivia Riccia Cuor D'oro DBO 75/4

translates to 'golden heart'.An early classic frisee type of endive with a tight head,serrated tough leaves and a golden heart once blanched.Space about 30cm and blanch by gathering up the external leaves with twine 10-12 days prior to harvesting, or exclude light by using a bucket or something similar. Great in soups and salads. 12g packet
Endivia Riccia cuor d'oro DBO 75/4
NZD $7.50

Indivia Scarola  Cornetto di Bordeaux DBO121/5

Indivia Scarola Cornetto di Bordeaux DBO121/5

“Cone from Bordeaux” is a large upright escarole endive with white ribs and green leaves. Easy to grow. Best for autumn if growing full sized heads. Plant direct at 1cm. Try in a winter salad with fennel,chicory, persimmons and apple,12g approx 5000 seeds.
Indivia Cornetto di Bordeaux DBO 121/5 121/5
NZD $7.50

Misticanza (Endive) Di Indivie EsaroleDBO 93/3

Misticanza (Endive) Di Indivie EsaroleDBO 93/3

A mid-early mixture of crisp tasty frilly endives and escarole. Use for salads when young and braised when mature. Can be planted most of the year. Cut and come again varieties. 12g packet
Misticanza Indivie Escarole 93/3
NZD $7.50


Misticanza Di Radicchi DBO 93/2

Misticanza Di Radicchi DBO 93/2

  SOLD OUT Mid/early. A balanced mixture of 12 varieties of red radicchio and green leaf chicory for a crisp tasty salad mix. A cut and come again mixture so stagger the sowing for a continuous harvest. Sow late summer/early autumn for winter harvesting. Cool weather will always deepen the colour. 12g approx 7000 seeds. SOLD OUT  more in next shipment  

Radicchio Rossa Di Treviso (Tardiva) DBOS 40/60

Radicchio Rossa Di Treviso (Tardiva) DBOS 40/60

"Selezione Speciale" This is the latest of the red Treviso-type radicchios.The tardiva(late harvest) has much more pronounced ribs and splayed leaves.It has more depth of flavour and stronger bitter accents than the earlier (precoce) variety.It easily resists frosts and naturally can be harvested quite late in the season. Please note this variety can take longer than most to germinate. Sow 1cm late summer to autumn and harvest through winter.  Try it grilled with melted Taleggio or a risotto, the bitterness of the radicchio works with the creamy texture of a well made risotto. 4 gram packet
Radicchio TrevTardiva DBOS40/60
NZD $8.00

Radicchio Rossa di Treviso DBO40/4

Radicchio Rossa di Treviso DBO40/4

Highly prized and flavoursome Radicchio rossa di Treviso is one of Italy's culinary treasures; where it is only grown near Treviso. Has a very pleasant bitterness, upright red and white striped leaves. Needs cold temperature to turn it red. Remove outer leaves before eating. Use hearts raw in salads, sprinkle olive oil and grill, or in a risotto with Italian sausage and parmesan( delicious!) sow in seed trays or direct in summer for winter maturing, has a high resistance to cold. 12g
Cicoria Rossa Di Treviso DBO40/4
NZD $7.50


Radicchio Rossa Di Verona DBO40/13

Radicchio Rossa Di Verona DBO40/13

  The red radicchio of the Veneto. Ball shaped radicchio with thick white ribs. This variety is very frost hardy and needs cool weather to improve the trademark bitter-sweet flavour and bold colour. Apparently, this very tender and crunchy variety was bred from Rosso di Treviso in the 1950's. Sow 1cm deep from late summer. Eat raw in salads,cooked in risotto or grilled and splashed with fruity olive oil. 12 gram packet
Radicchio Ros Di Verona DBO40/13
NZD $7.50

Radicchio Variegata Di Chioggia DBO40/23

Radicchio Variegata Di Chioggia DBO40/23

A mid-early variegated radicchio that is very easy to grow.Ball shaped with dark red leaves and white splashes. The colour will become more intense in the cooler weather. Will initially grow masses of loose leaves and then head up. 11g packet
Radicchio di Chioggia40/23
NZD $7.50

Witloof Di Bruxelles DBO 40/8

Witloof Di Bruxelles DBO 40/8

 Cicoria Witloof Di Buxelles produce yellow'chicons' that are very poular in Belgium. Witloof has a mild flavour and crunchy texture. Direct sow in spring. Cut back the foliage and gently lift  out the roots. Place in a dark place i.e. soil and sand mixture ensuring the 'chicons' are pointing upright then cover completely with soil mixture. Witloof 'chicons' will be ready in approx 10 weeks. 10g
Witloof DBO 40/8
NZD $7.50


Radicchio Palla Rossa Precoce DBO 40/68

Radicchio Palla Rossa Precoce DBO 40/68

  This radicchio -type chicory has dramatic colour contast. An early variety that forms tight crunchy heads that hold for months. The heads are bright crisp and  tender . A good winter variety but its not frost hardy. Try grilled radicchio risotto with balsamic vinegar 10gram packet=lots of seeds
Radicchio Palla Rossa Precoce DBO 40/68
NZD $7.50