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Chicory – Radicchio Treviso Early (SM4.10) (Organic)£2.20 – £6.72 Add to basket
Chicory – Radicchio Treviso Early (SM4.10) (Organic)
A mid-early Treviso-type radicchio ideal for both salads and cooking (similar in growth cycle to 206TT). Treviso is one of the main centres of radicchio production in Italy.
This variety produces dense elongated heads, of striking deep red and white appearance which can be harvested from autumn.
The leaves make a wonderful addition to raw salads as they are sweeter than some red headed radicchio types. The heads are equally tasty grilled or sautéed as is commonplace in Italy.£2.20 – £6.72
Chicory – Radicchio Castelfranco (SM4.18) (Organic)£2.50 – £8.40 Add to basket
Chicory – Radicchio Castelfranco (SM4.18) (Organic)
Stunning extra early radicchio best suited for raw salads.
Castelfranco radicchio varieties are considered the queen of salad leaves. Their exquisite beauty will add something very special to your salad bowl, and their flavour is much sweeter than other radicchio types.
The plants begin with broad open green leaves, developing a central head as they mature. The inner leaves take on a pale yellow colour with beautiful burgundy speckles.
Sometimes know as “Tulip of Winter” as the heads are opened up to display their full glory in the produce markets of Italy.£2.50 – £8.40
Agretti / Salsola – (Organic)£2.05 – £4.00 Add to basket
Agretti / Salsola – (Organic)
A leafy Italian delicacy, can be eaten raw or cooked. Agretti is a popular Italian leaf which is slowly becoming more popular in the UK particularly with chefs. Its flavour could be described as ‘chivey samphire’ and is slightly salty. It can be lightly steamed, stirred through pasta, or added raw to salads to add an interesting twist. The seeds are only viable for a few months – they are actually little plants not strictly seeds.£2.05 – £4.00
Chicory – Radicchio ‘506 TT’ (Organic)£2.45 – £5.50 Add to basket
Chicory – Radicchio ‘506 TT’ (Organic)
Fantastic modern Palla Rossa type radicchio forming large round heads.
This is a wonderful new Radicchio variety much celebrated by market gardeners due to the high consistency of its heads which can be harvested from September until December. The leaves can be eaten raw as a delicious addition to winter salads, or they can be sliced and baked with olive oil and balsamic. (Other recipes are available too)
(Approximate seed count – 150)£2.45 – £5.50
Broccoli – Fiolaro di Creazzo (Organic)£2.20 Add to basket
Broccoli – Fiolaro di Creazzo (Organic)
A traditional Italian type of broccoli sown in summer and harvested in autumn and winter. Broccoli Fiolaro di Creazzo has been cultivated for many centuries in Italy and is on the Slow Food Ark of Taste list which is a living catalogue of delicious and distinctive foods facing extinction.
It is sown in July through to early September and harvested November to March.
It does not grow a large central head, but produces side shoots – “fiois” – from its stem which are harvested and cooked with the leaves – not too dissimilar to Kalettes.
(Approximately 70 seeds / packet)£2.20
Chicory – Catalogna Gigante di Chioggia (SM4.32) (Organic)£2.20 Add to basket
Chicory – Catalogna Gigante di Chioggia (SM4.32) (Organic)
Leaf chicory best used as a delicious sautéing green. Catalogna Gigante di Chioggia – also known as dandelion greens – is an open leaf chicory type which is similar to wild chicory.
The leaves make some of the best sautéing greens around, sweet with a slight bitter edge. They can be blanched in salty water to remove some of the bitterness if desired. Drain and fry up with garlic and chilli for a truly delicious side dish.
More forgiving to grow than some other chicory/radicchio types.
(Approximate seed count – 100)£2.20
Cabbage, Winter – Verza Moretta (Organic)£2.70 Add to basket
Cabbage, Winter – Verza Moretta (Organic)
Fantastic traditional ‘Veronese’ purple Savoy cabbage with bright green centre. This striking variety has been cultivated in the countryside around the Adige river in Italy since the nineteenth century and is on the official list of traditional rare varieties.
It has purple and green outer leaves and bright green-yellow centres. Forms a compact head with a sweet flavour, perfectly suited to salads, soups, and risottos. (Approximate seed count – 50)£2.70
Chard – Peppermint (Organic)£2.30 Read more
Chard – Peppermint (Organic)
A beautiful and very productive variety of two tone pink and white stems.
This variety was given to us by our friends at Trill Farm Garden, who said it was the best chard they had ever grown (and they have grown a lot of chard). Very strong and healthy plants with great consistency. A real winner for the veg patch or market garden.
(Approximate seed count – 200)£2.30
Chicory – Puntarelle (SM4.33) (Organic)£2.70 – £8.40 Add to basket
Chicory – Puntarelle (SM4.33) (Organic)
An interesting chicory variety grown for its hollow bolting shoots.
Unlike other chicory varieties which are grown for their leaves, Puntarelle is grown for its flowering shoots. The young shoots form a ‘head’ at the base of plant and are julienned into thin strips which are then soaked in cold water to removed some of their bitterness. In the water they twist and curl into elegant crisp and crunchy shapes which are then served with a punchy dressing to make a lovely late autumn salad.
Shoots usually appear between mid-October and November.£2.70 – £8.40
New Zealand Spinach (Organic)£1.95 Add to basket
New Zealand Spinach (Organic)
Cultivated as leafy vegetable that can be used like spinach. Hardy and succulent vegetable that is similar to spinach in taste and texture and can be used in cooking and salads. It is frost-tender but ready for harvest when true spinach will have long gone.
It’s relatively easy to grow and very ornamental with its triangular shaped leaves and a trailing growth habit.
(Approximate seed count – 60)£1.95
Chicory – Radicchio Treviso Late (SM4.75 – Forcing) (Organic)£2.50 Add to basket
Chicory – Radicchio Treviso Late (SM4.75 – Forcing) (Organic)
A forcing chicory from Treviso for delicious winter eating. This variety of chicory has been bred for forcing through the winter months (Tardivo means late in Italian), and produces totally delicious ‘chicons’
To force chicory the plants should be left untouched in the field until winter time. When you wish to force them, pull up however many plants you need and replant the roots into a moist medium such as sand or spent compost. The plants then need to kept in total darkness for a few weeks and then beautiful chicons will grow from the roots.
They are generally eaten cooked in pastas and other dishes and were the first Italian vegetable to gain IGP, a European protected status for special food products specific to a place of origin.
(Approximate seed count – 100)£2.50
Kale – Bear Necessities (Organic)£2.10 Add to basket
Kale – Bear Necessities (Organic)
An unusual ultra-frilly Red-Russian type. Bear Necessities has leaves unlike any other kale as it was bred from a cross between a mizuna and a kale. It’s ultra frilly leaves lend themselves to salads when young and are great cooked when larger.
The leaves have a high volume and surface area which means they stir-fry particularly well, easily getting coated in delicious flavours and holding their shape.
(Approximate seed count – 200)£2.10
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