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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
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.
Indiva Scarola Bionda A Cuore Pieno DBO 121/2
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
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
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.
Cicoria CatalognaPugliese DBO40/9
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.
Cic Cat Punt Brindisina DBO40/46
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.
DBOS 40/20 Speciale Castelfranco
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
Misticanza Di Radicchi DBO 93/2
Mid/early. A balanced mixture of 8 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.
Misticanza Di Radicchi DBO 93/2
Radicchio Rossa Di Treviso (Tardiva) DBOS 40/60
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
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
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
Cicoria (Radicchio) Italico A Costa Rossa DBO 40/86
Red Stem Radicchio (Cicoria) which some call red dandelion as the leaves look similar but in fact this is genuine chicory. Upright,mid-late this has distinctive large red stems and brilliant -green serrated leaves. Grow most of the year avoiding the high temps of summer. 10g pkt
Radicchio Italico A Costa Rossa DBO 40/86
Radicchio Rosa GLOP 40/87
Please Note NZ- You require a long cool growing winter climate to acheive the pink colour.
A rare pink chicory known in Italy as" Radicchio la Rosa de Veneto" is a loose heading radicchio. A brilliant pink with soft pink hues. The flavour is slightly less bitter- sweet than others. Best colour and flavour is acheived in cool weather. Takes about 4 months to mature.Sought after variety for many chefs around the world. One of Franchi's professional series which is suitable for market gardeners and experienced backyard growers 0.5g approx 300 seeds
Radicchio Rosa GLOP40/87
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
Radicchio Rossa Di Verona Sel. Arca DBOS 40/60
Selezione Speciale Radicchio Rossa Di Verona Sel. Arca is a mid-late variety with elongated heads of tender crunchy round meaty leaves with white ribs. As with all radicchio you need cool weather to develop colour and flavour 4g pkt