Akin to a hearty lettuce, Adige Medio Radicchio is a “Lusia” type radicchio is known for it’s relative lack of bitterness and large, medium-density heads. For you radicchio aficionados, its appearance resembles a round “Chioggia” shape, although slightly flatter, and a variegated “Castelfranco” color pattern. We love its creamy, pale-green leaves with flecks of pink and maroon. Much more uniform than other Lusia types in our trials and perfect for the early-mid fall slot. It holds up well through several light frosts. We sow our radicchios indoors in July rather than in the Spring because we prefer to harvest the heads after a light frost- for a fuller head and increased sweetness. However radicchios can be sown in Spring and will form a lovely rosette. Thanks to their strong regrowth they make a great cut and come again leafy green any time of the season. Your salad game just leveled up!
Days to Maturity: 75
Latin name: Chicorium intybus
Life cycle for seed saving: Biennial
Plant Adige Medio Radicchio in July. 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 purchasing 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!