Indigo Radicchio

60-72 days. Indigo is a fabulous Dutch hybrid that blushes red without exposure to cold temperatures! Indigo is a fast-growing variety that is also incredibly bolt-resistant in hot weather, thus suitable for spring and fall sowing. Its burgundy leaves have luminescent white midribs, a petite, rounded shape and a mild, just-shy-of-bitter flavor. It is terrific scissor-cut in soups and pasta dishes, or used fresh in salads. Its pretty cup-shaped leaves make clever edible vessels for pasta and seafood salads. We adapted our favorite stone fruit Clafouti dessert recipe into a savory Radicchio delight for light suppers. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease six ramekins; set in baking tray. In a large bowl, beat 4 large eggs. Whisk in 1/8 teaspoon salt, black pepper, 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 cup heavy cream and ½ cup all-purpose flour. Chill. In a skillet, render down 3 slices of bacon, cut into matchsticks. Add 1 cup of finely diced mushrooms, 1 finely diced medium to large Shallot and 1 cup of finely diced Radicchio leaves. Sauté for 4 minutes until wilted. Add 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Parsley. Divide mixture evenly between the 6 ramekins. Pour batter over vegetable mixture and top with finely grated Gruyère. Bake at 325°F for 35 minutes until puffy and slightly browned. Invert onto your favorite vinaigrette-dressed Radicchio salad, sprinkled lightly with Parmesan. (F1.)

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  • This ancient family includes popular "continental" greens, most preferring cool weather and evenly moist soil. You can sow them in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked, when the soil is about 45°F degrees. However, late summer sowing for fall and winter harvest may be more successful. Wild at heart, most Chicories prefer to be direct-sown in moderately fertile soil; too much added fertilizer, especially nitrogen, can cause them to bolt. With all varieties, keep soil lightly moist until seedlings emerge. Chicories have varying degrees of bitter flavor and their dense texture adds desirable dimension to salads. Deer resistant.

    Average seed life: 2 years.
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This ancient family includes popular "continental" greens, most preferring cool weather and evenly moist soil. You can sow them in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked, when the soil is about 45°F degrees. However, late summer sowing for fall and winter harvest may be more successful. Wild at heart, most Chicories prefer to be direct-sown in moderately fertile soil; too much added fertilizer, especially nitrogen, can cause them to bolt. With all varieties, keep soil lightly moist until seedlings emerge. Chicories have varying degrees of bitter flavor and their dense texture adds desirable dimension to salads. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 2 years.
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