Radicchio, Treviso Mesola (Organic)

Cichorium intybus. Tall heading type. 80 days.

Large heads have a deep red leaf color with crunchy white midribs. We have trialed dozens of radicchio varieties over the years and Treviso Mesola is a standout. Italians have many wonderful song-like names for vegetables. This variety is sometimes referred to by its long name, Radicchio Treviso Precoce Mesola. ‘Precoce,’ meaning early maturing or precocious, ‘Treviso,’ meaning the tall elliptic radicchio types originating in Treviso, Italy. ‘Mesola’ is the selection name made by the Italian seed company T & T. The superb flavor of radicchio’s fresh bittersweet zing combines amazingly well with grated hard cheese, vinaigrette and the classic Italian salty anchovy. Bitter taste becomes much more mild when first soaked in cold water before serving or when lightly cooked and added to a dish like risotto. Sow in July for October harvest. Later plantings are often successful due to this variety’s strong frost resistance, but may not head up as well.

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