Species: C. intybus
Late red radicchio di Chioggia (Cichorium intybus L.) is a biennial herbaceous plant, grown as an annual, belonging to the Asteraceae family.
It’s interesting to know that radicchio is a kind of chicory. The word “radicchio” is used for types of chicory that have red leaves with various degrees of variegation.
Late red radicchio di Chioggia is the result of selection of variegated radicchio di Castelfranco; currently it is the most commonly grown variety of radicchio thanks to its ability to adapt to many different climates.
It’s the easiest kind of radicchio to grow, this is because it doesn’t have any particular requirements and doesn’t need to be blanched after harvesting. This variety grows in the winter, which is why it’s known as “late”, and as with all types of radicchio, you must take care to sow it at the right time and guarantee constant irrigation.
The round leaves are “cup” shaped, they have smooth edges and branching whitish green veins that widen at the base on a deep red background; the head is round and very compact.
Red radicchio di Chioggia has a slightly bitter flavour and crispy leaves, it is mainly eaten raw in salads. It’s useful to know that it keeps very well in the fridge.
|Scientific name||Cichorium intybus|
|Recommended Seeding||In Pots|
|Number of seeds||2|
|Sowing Depth||2.00 cm|
|Distance between rows||30 cm / 40 cm|
|Distance between rows||25 cm / 40 cm|
|Estimated number of plants/sqm||9.00|
|Average growing time||150 gg / 220 gg|
|Average sprouting time||3 gg / 7 gg|
|Produce per sqm||1.00 kg / 2.00 kg|
|Ideal Sprouting Temperature (C°)||8 °c - 12 °c|
|Min. Temperature (C°)||-3 °c|
|Soil pH||6.00 / 7.00|
|Can be grown in pots||no|