This type of radicchio is grown around the town of Gorizia which straddles the border of Slovenia in the northeast corner of Italy, in the foothills of the Alps. Originally it was grown because it represented one of the only ways to make income on farms in the winter from vegetable growing, but it has since become a celebrated seasonal specialty and culinary delicacy. Voglia is robust, with thick leaves and sturdy ribbing. Its leaf margins tend to be lightly serrated and there is often a color contrast between the top and bottom of the leaf, which makes for a very elegant look. It is very uniform in shape and very cold hardy. Photo and text 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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