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Dandelion

Not at all a Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) but a member of the ancient Chicory family (Chichorium intybus), these pleasantly bitter leaves are much loved by Italians in cold and warm salads, soups, stews, and braised vegetable sides. The plants stand erect, up to 12" tall and have thick rosettes of leaves resembling those of common Dandelions. Preferring cool temperatures, Catalogna should be sowed in early spring and/or in the fall.

Average seed life: 3 years.

To broaden the range of texture and flavor in your garden and salads, don't forget to plant some of these specialty Salad Greens: Arugula, Asian Greens, Chervil, Claytonia, Cress, Dandelion Greens, Endive, Escarole, Frisee, Giant Red Mustard, Komatsuna, Lettuce, Mâche, Mibuna, Minutina, Mizuna, Orach, Radicchio, Salad Blends, Sorrel, Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Tatsoi.

Catalogna Dandelion Greens

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60-65 days. Catalogna is an early open-pollinated variety with long, deeply-cut, bright green frilly leaves. If you want to harvest it as a cut and come again crop, sow heavily and thickly. But be forewarned, they will bolt in hot weather and become unpleasantly bitter. We enjoy pairing it with other greens in rustic salads topped with a warm, pancetta balsamic vinegar reduction dressing and homemade croutons. (OP.)

One packet of about 300 seeds
Catalog #2960
$3.55
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Gardening Tips

Direct-Sow Basics

Dandelion Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/8”-1/4”
Row Spacing:12”-18”
Plant Spacing:10”-12”
Days to Germination:5-12 days
Germination Temperature:45°-60°F

Dandelion greens are easily grown in cool weather. Sow seed directly in the garden as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. When the Dandelion plants grow to about 2" tall, thin them to about 10" to 12" apart. A second crop may be sown in late summer or early fall. Grow Dandelion plants quickly, with plenty of moisture for the most pleasing taste. They will bolt (go to seed) and taste a bit unpleasant in hot weather. Amend the soil with moderate amounts of compost and a sprinkling of organic fertilizer. To harvest, cut off the whole plant at the soil level when ready! No longer an esoteric green, Dandelion greens reinvigorate traditional recipes with renewed zest and crunch. Pair Dandelion greens with Spinach, Mesclun, Arugula or Chicory in fresh salads. Or sauté them for no more than a minute in olive oil.

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