Endive Scarola Gigante Di Bergamo save 46p
Gigante di Bergamo: A regional variety from Franchi's home city, with a very large splaying head - good volume. Tender leaves with crunchy ribs. Very good resistance to low temperatures. 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 July to the end of August.
Approximate seeds quantity: @4800 seeds.
Suitable for winter cultivation
Partnership plant: Tomato, Leek.
What to sow after: Cauliflower & Cabbage, Cucumber, Bean,
Aubergine, Melon, Pepper, Pea, Tomato, Radish, Courgette.