For growers who like to push radicchio season to the extremes of late winter harvests, Acquerello is one to pay attention to. After months of freezing temperatures, these are among the last radicchio harvests through February and into March. By then, hidden under a dubious-looking outer shell of decay, the slightly flattened round heads blanch radient gold with beautiful, deep burgundy flecking. Only mildly bitter, it is lovely shredded for a midwinter salad. When the conditions align for a late season harvest they are a true joy of the winter table. 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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