A cool-season salad green with excellent loft, crisp texture and full flavor. Bellesque Frisee can be grown as a baby green but also forms beautiful, large heads with green frilly leaves and blanched hearts. Gains a bit of sweetness with cool temperatures, especially after a light frost. Holds better in the cold, wet field conditions than other frisee varieties, resisting mildew. Named for Bellingham, WA, where John Navazio selected this variety for cold-hardiness. A staple in our fall CSA and a key ingredient for lyonnaise salad.
Days to Maturity: 60
Latin name: Chicorium endivia
Life Cycle for Seed Saving: Annual
Plant Bellesque Frisee late spring through early fall. Optimal soil temp for germination is 70-85°. Planting depth: 1/8”. For full heads – start indoors 4 weeks before desired transplant then plant at 12-18” spacing or direct seed every inch and thin to same spacing.
All of our seed is Non-GMO and Certified Organic by Washington State Department of Agriculture. We grow the majority of our varieties here at Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island while we purchase the rest from other small, organic Northwest seed growers. Finally, all of our offerings are open-pollinated (OP) so that you too can save and share seed from these plants!