Juicy, crispy, 15” tall, tear-drop shaped “Sugarloaf”-type radicchio. Nettuno Radicchio is called a sugarloaf for a reason, folks. If you’re radicchio-curious but not fully sold on chicories (aka the hottest trend in vegetables!) Nettuno is the place to start. The slight bitterness is overshadowed by its sweetness, especially after a light frost. In our 2022 trials, Nettuno was our top pick Sugarloaf for uniformity and density. 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.
Days to Maturity: 75
Latin name: Chicorium intybus
Life cycle for seed saving: Biennial
Plant Nettuno 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 date. Transplant 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!