Escarole, Cardoncella Barese (Organic)
Cichorium endivia. 55-65 days.
Sweet dandelion greens! A variety distinct from other escaroles, as leaves are long and serrated like a giant dandelion green. Tall leaves can reach 18″ long. When we were market farmers, we offered them by the bunch as ‘sweet dandelion greens’ with rave reviews from our CSA members. Most Italian dandelion greens are of the chicory species but this is not. Its endive nature lends Cardoncella Barese a delightfully sweet flavor lacking in most chicory (though there is still a mild bitterness). Surprisingly winter hardy. Great all year-round. Slow to bolt, however it will benefit from succession sowing as it is an annual. Italian regional specialty originally from Bari in Apulia, Italy. Translated, the name means ‘little cardoon.’ Much better and easier to grow than cardoon in our opinion, but nothing against cardoon!