For those who love radicchio, ‘Indigo’ is the one to grow! With a noticeably sweeter, less bitter taste than other radicchios, it still retains the peppery zip that has made this gorgeous burgundy-red leafy treat a must-have salad addition. Not to mention a super delicious grilled or sauteed side dish! Radicchio, a member of the chicory family, can be grown in fall even where there are light frosts down to the 20’s! Forms much-prized tightly formed 4-5” head with white “ribs” that should feel heavy and dense in your hand when harvested. The looser outer leaves are really just protective “wrappers” and are too bitter to eat. It likes consistent but not heavy watering and a soil that is quick draining. A little nitrogen goes a long ways for these guys, so don’t over fertilize! They’re at their best if planted in Fall but if they are protected from too much sun they can be planted in Spring, too.
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