Endive Pancalieri a Costa Bianca

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*Heritage Variety*
L41 Endive Pancalieri: Pancalieri is near Turin. This is a classic frisée type of endive with serrated, tough leaves. They have a pleasant bitterness about them, which is tempered by using a nice sweet balsamic vinegar. Sow from June onwards and harvest with the cold. They can be sown from June to end of September and harvested outside until the end of December, although they will usually overwinter in our mild UK climate. Dont be tempted to sow them in the spring along with your other lettuces, you wont get very good results. Its an endive, not a lettuce, even if it looks more like a lettuce. They need heat initially to germinate and start their journey, and then cold to develop. Most varieties are very hardy and will tolerate sub-zero. There are several varieties of escarole and endive; the open-headed ones should be tied up about seven to ten days before harvest to blanch the heart and make them tender. Or you can just stick a bucket on top and, when you harvest that head, move the bucket to the next one. Be lazy – use an elastic band. Be even lazier and plant them closer than the standard 20 cm apart, so they all bunch up and blanch themselves.

Sow: from June to the end of August
Harvest: from September to the end of December.
Approximate seeds quantity: @ 4800
Suitable for winter cultivation

Partnership plant: TomatoLeek.

What to sow after: Cauliflower & Cabbage, Cucumber, Bean, 
Aubergine, Melon, Pepper,  Pea, TomatoRadish, Courgette.