Escarole, Ascolana (Organic)
Cichorium endivia. 60-70 days.
Super hardy escarole for winter and spring production. Dark green heads with curly edged semi-broad leaves that have a similar shape to Schiana but not as wide as Diva. Ascolana has the ability to obtain a very large size and keeps very well once harvested. When fully sized up the heart self-blanches nicely. From a late July sowing it can be harvested from December through February.
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.