Endive, Capellina (Organic)
Cichorium endivia. 55-65 days.
The unique, fine, pointy leaves of Capellina set it apart from other frisée endives. Large mounds of frilly pointy craziness. Much hardier than other frisée types. Good flavor raw for salad mixes. Best as a spring, fall or winter harvest as it may get tip burn in the summer heat. All endives benefit from row cover protection in very cold weather. A little slower growing, which probably helps it with cold tolerance, as it produces less frost-tender growth. Sometimes referred to as Riccia Fine d’Inverno (Capellina), because it’s a re-selection of an older winter endive.
Sow indoors with good potting soil February through September. Transplant into the garden about 3-4 weeks after sprouting. In our region, endive can grow through the winter without protection, but is best sown in June or July for this purpose. Alternatively, direct sow March through August.
Collect seeds from 5 or more plants when seeds have dried down. Cut whole plants, place on tarp, dance and stomp to free the seeds. Collect seeds from tarp, winnow to clean. Isolate by 50′ from other Cichorium sp.