If Rosso di Chioggia was the ambassador to the first wave of radicchio in the US, Rosa del Veneto is surely that of the second wave. In this time of sumptuous food photography, no radicchio has garnered as much social media attention in the past few years than these pink beauties. It’s hard to wrap your head around growing something so beautiful you can eat, too!
Rosa del Veneto types are a relatively recent addition to the radicchio family and there’s really not another salad leaf that falls in the same stunning spectrum of salmon-to-pink color. Extremely cold hardy and very late to develop its color, these are at peak from late November through February. Don’t be surprised if they stay green well into November most years. It would be a shame to waste the color on cooking so they are most often pulled apart and/or shredded for raw salads. Leaves are substantial and pleasingly bitter. 120-130 days. 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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