Escarole Broadleaf Batavian HEIRLOOM Seeds

Escarole Broadleaf Batavian HEIRLOOM Seeds

Chichorium endiva var. latifolium

Item #0102

80 days. Some of the best gourmet salads include escarole for its snappy flavor, crunchy texture and beauty. Blanching (described inside packet) gives it a cream color and milder flavor. Broadleaf Batavian also makes an excellent baby green when harvested young. Essential in mesclun.

This packet sows fifteen 10-foot rows of full-sized heads.

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Days to Emerge:
7-14 days

Seed Depth:
surface to 1/4"

Seed Spacing:
A group of 3 seeds every 10"

Row Spacing:

When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 10"

When to sow outside: 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked, or 8 to 10 weeks before average first frost. In mild climates (USDA zones 8 or warmer), sow in fall for winter harvest.

When to start inside: 8 to 10 weeks before average last frost; transplant outside when plants have grown for 4 to 6 weeks.

Harvesting: In fall, harvest after first couple of light frosts which improve flavor. When plants are 12"-16" across, entire head can be cut off at base. In spring, harvest before temperatures get above 90°F. Some people peel away the outer leaves, as they tend to be tougher and more bitter than inner leaves. The leaves can actually be harvested anytime in a “cut and- come-again” fashion; this is particularly good when seeds are sown too late in spring, and warm weather is approaching quickly, threatening to cause plants to bolt.

Artist: Donna Clement

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