Chicory head-salat ''Palla Rossa Tardiva'' - Cichorium intybus L. var. foliosum.
A very valuable vegetable that lowers blood sugar.
A mid-late variety cultivated both in greenhouses and outdoors for spring-autumn harvests.
The head is round, dense, the average weight of the head is 400-600 g with crispy and tender fleshy leaves with white veins.
The rosette of leaves up to 30 cm in diameter, 15 cm high. The leaves are rounded, dark red, slightly wavy along the edge, with a whitish main vein, which makes this plant especially attractive both in the garden bed and when preparing fresh salads. The texture of the leaf tissue is crispy and has an excellent taste.
Chicory salad is widely known for its nutritional and healing properties: high content of vitamins, especially C and B group, iron, calcium and magnesium salts.
It is useful for patients with diabetes mellitus and people with metabolic disorders.
Sowing seeds in the ground is carried out from April to July. To obtain seedlings, seeds are sown in February-March at a temperature not higher than + 10 ° C, in order to prevent early flowering. Seedlings dive into pots, planted in the ground at the age of 30-35 days at a distance of 30 cm.
It grows best at a temperature of + 18 + 20 ° C (note that when growing in heat, the leaves become bitter).
Grow best in non-weedy, moderately heavy or lighter soils. The sprouts are tolerant to short-term frosts. The variety is resistant to low temperatures.
To improve the taste, the leaves are bleached by tying the upper part of the outer leaves together 2-3 weeks before harvesting, the beds are covered with black lutrasil, or the plants removed from the roots are ripened without access to light for a week.
Eng.: Chicory salat. Suom.: Salaattisikuri. Sven.: Sockertoppsallat. Bot.: Cichorium intybus L. var. foliosum.