The “Moretta” cabbage is a traditional winter-harvested savoy cabbage from the village of Veronella, which lies between Verona and Padua in northern Italy. Like many regional specialties with roots in Italy and elsewhere, this variety is woven into the agricultural, culinary, and cultural fabric of the area, and is celebrated with a Sagra, or harvest festival in the second half of November each year. Green savoyed leaves blush deep purple on the exterior as the weather cools while the interior remains blanched pale yellow. Excellent and cold hardy for winter harvest. Image courtesy of Uprising Seeds.
Gusto Italiano Project is a collaboration between Culinary Breeding Network, Uprising Seeds and northern Italian vegetable breeders at Smarties.bio. The project was born from a mutual love of radicchio and a desire to further establish it as an anchor of the fall and winter produce season here in North America, and specifically the Pacific Northwest. This special line of certified organic radicchio and regional specialty Brassica seeds was bred and grown in Italy by the incredible folks at Smarties.bio. Based in Chioggia, the heart of radicchio’s motherland, Smarties.bio exists at the crossroads of tradition and innovation by bringing years of modern breeding experience to classic, culturally significant vegetables of their region.
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