Baldo is an Treviso radicchio, a type distinguished by their upright, torpedo shaped heads and of tightly packed leaves. Known as Rossa de Treviso in Italy, its leaves are slender and spoon-shaped and prized for their dark maroon hue and succulent, white stems. Baldo won us over for its reliable production of large, dense heads in late October-November, perfect for our fall CSA shares. Treviso can be used like other radicchio chopped into salads, served whole-leaved as an appetizer with cheese and honey or cooked into stews, pasta or risotto. However, it is most prized when grilled and drizzled with olive oil. Bred by Blumen in Italy and named after the small town Baldo in the province of Treviso.
Days to Maturity: 95
Latin name: Chicorium intybus
Life cycle: Annual
Plant 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!