When I went into the hoop house the other day to pick some radicchio and check on how things were looking under there, I was not shocked to see that many of the chicory had rotting leaves and the Puntarelle chicories were not doing so well. I was not surprised since when it turned very warm here I just could not even get out to open the door and air out the heat because the girls were both sick with the flu and other secondary infections. I cleaned out the bad leaves, picked some radicchio, and didn't have time for more that day (that was a few days ago). Then tonight I knew I needed to get in there really quick and tackle the Puntarelle. I just cut them down because they were mostly beyond saving and many interior leaves were slimy and brown. I was able to collect some leaves to cook. Then I noticed a few that were doing ok and actually opening up more. I did some investigating and could not believe what I was seeing. After trying to force some in the garage with little success, I kind of gave up on figuring out how to get the "points"(at least for this year) and was happy to eat the greens. But it turns out that two are actually starting the points and these look very different than the ones that started to force in the garage. These are looking like the beginnings of what I have seen online in the Italian markets!!!!!! We shall see how it goes, but I am very optimistic. One of the plants needed some cleaning up but the other is totally healthy. The one problem is that I used two different varieties (Brindisina and Galantina) and I just am not sure which one this is! During the sowing process I did have an idea which variety was where, but due to lack of time I didn't keep track when I transplanted! I'll be sure to keep track next growing season!
|The healthier of the two|
|The points inside starting to form|
|I had to trim this one up a bit|