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Italian Misticanza

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Italian Misticanza

We fell in love with this delicious salad while hunting for varieties in Emilia-Romagna. The authentic regional mixture features a blend of tangy t...
We fell in love with this delicious salad while hunting for varieties in Emilia-Romagna. The authentic regional mixture features a blend of tangy traditional cutting chicories and crispy little endives, nicely balanced by milder green and red leaf lettuces. Sow the seed densely, wait just over a month, then harvest with scissors at 4 to 5 inches tall to experience all the mouth-pleasing full flavors, textures and pretty colors that are so characteristic of rustic Italian cuisine.

Zuccherina & Spadona Chicories, Pancalieri & Curo Pleno Endives, Ubriacona Frastagliata & Red Leaf Italian Lettuces
Seed Count: Approx. 2700 / Weight: 3.5 gms
$ 2.79

START SEEDS OUTDOORS

In early spring or in midsummer for fall harvests, sow seeds in finely worked soil in full sun. Shake seeds from the palm of your hand, broadcasting them about a half inch apart over the entire seedbed or in wide rows, and cover lightly and evenly with 1/4 inch of fine soil. Firm soil gently and water in with a fine spray. Keep seedbed evenly moist.

 

GROWING NOTES

This full flavored Italian salad mix thrives in mild weather with consistent moisture. To extend the sowing season into hot weather, sow in light shade or erect a canopy of loosely woven shade cloth over the seed bed. Birds are often attracted to tender young seedlings so protect them if necessary.

 

HARVEST AND USE

To harvest by the “cut and come again” method, wait until plants are 4 or 5 inches tall. Cut as much as you need, using scissors to shear off a patch of leaves 1 to 2 inches above the soil level. Water well and fertilize lightly and plants will regrow for several more cuttings. Dress with a simple vinaigrette that has a touch of honey added to set off the complex full flavors of this piquant mix. Misticanza has sharp tangy components, so if it tastes too strong-flavored for diners’ palates, add additional lettuces to mellow the mix.

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

February - June
August - September
Full sun
1/4 inch
1/2 inch
7 - 14 days
Approx. 45

Plant In

Sun/Shade

Planting Depth

Space Seeds

Days to Germinate

Days to Harvest

February - June
August - September
Full sun
1/4 inch
1/2 inch
7 - 14 days
Approx. 45

Plant In

February - June
August - September

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Planting Depth

1/4 inch

Space Seeds

1/2 inch

Days to Germinate

7 - 14 days

Days to Harvest

Approx. 45

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