Pancalieri is a frizzy type with well curled, lacy looking leaves and rose tinted white midribs. It is a self blanching variety and can be sown from March through to September.
An extremely popular salad vegetable in Europe, Endive is now gaining a large following over here in the UK. It has a slightly more biting flavour than lettuce so would be ideal in salads. The plants can be grown for use throughout the summer and autumn either in the vegetable plot or for earlier use in polytunnels or under cloches.
Notes: Harvest 10-12 weeks from sowing
WHEN TO SOW
March to September.
Where to Sow
Sowings can be made underglass, sow seeds into pots or trays or modules of seed sowing compost at a temperature of 15-20C and lightly cover seeds with sprinkling of vermiculite or compost. Alternatively sow seeds from March thinly along rows 1.5cm (1/2in) deep and 30cm (12in) apart direct in the vegetable plot.
What to do next
Sowings made underglass can be pricked out into individual pots or module trays and grown on until ready to harden off and plant out into the vegetable plot 30cm (12in) apart between the plants and the rows. Seedlings sown direct outside can be thinned once large enough to handle to 30cm (12in) apart.
10-12 weeks from sowing
Early and late sowings will be more successful if grown under cloches in a polytunnel.
A good source of Vitamins K, A and Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a good source of Dietary Fibre.