Early, eye catching heirloom due to its unique look also called 'black palm'. Outstanding plants reach 90cm (35in) tall and form deep green, 10in (25cm) long and 2-3in (5-7cm) wide leaves that have embossed texture. Highly decorative leaves are striking ornamental and are perfect for salads, soups, stir-fried etc. Posses crisp, tender, sweet flavour that gets sweeter after a freeze. Extremely winter hardy and frost tender. Packed with amazing amount of nutrients. This variety is very popular in Tuscany and central Italy, where it is used for soups and stews. Harvest in 50 days.
Growing: Planting season: Year round in tropical climates; in temperate climates - Early spring, starting from transplants four weeks prior the last frost date or direct seeding once the soil can be worked. Fall, sowing seeds two months prior first expected frost for full size and up until frost for baby leaf.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil high in organic matter, with a pH 6-7.5. Can tolerate slightly alkaline soil.
Sowing depth: 1/4-1/2in (0.6-1.2cm);
Plant spacing: Baby leaf, direct seeding - 60 seeds/ft in 2-4in (5-10cm) bands; Full size - 12-18in (30-45cm).
Row spacing: 18-30in (45-76cm) for full size.
Sun: full sun/partial shade;
Moisture: regular watering to keep the soil moist (not wet).