Radicchio Treviso Red
Radicchio Treviso Red is a long leaved radicchio type. The long, pointed leaves start off green and develop a red colour as the season becomes cooler. The plants are tall and high-yielding and in Italy they will eat the whole plant; roots and all. Treviso can also be forced like a witloof type.
There are three main types of Chicory; forcing types like Witloof, Red Chicory (otherwise known as Radicchio) and Sugarloaf types that resemble large-hearted Lettuce. They are very popular in many European countries but not so widely grown or eaten in mainland Australia due to its climate and bitter taste. Blanching reduces the bitterness and I find it is very welcome in winter salads.
Sow: mid Jan to early March (cool climate)
Spacing: Plants 20cm, Rows 30cm.