Red chicory from Treviso is one of the most sought after of the radicchios and is an elegant plant with red leaves contrasting with wide white ribs. The leaves are delicious in salads, and the ribs are used as a base for risotto and soup. Small plants are often simply grilled or pan fried.
Best grown for late autumn/winter maturing which it achieves in about 90 days. Set out 5-6 week transplants in summer or direct seed and thin to 5cm. Plant any time for baby salad leaves. Please note that heading chicories and radicchios initially grow a mass of loose leaves, but be patient, they will head up.