Gardening

Curly: a salad with a subtle taste


The curly salad is a salad that we love for its crunchiness but also for its easy cultivation and resistance to cold.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Cichorium endivia
Family : Asteraceae
Type : Annual

Height
: 20 to 30 cm
Exposure : Sunny and partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

Harvest : About 6 weeks after sowing

Sowing, planting, caring for and harvesting will help you have beautiful curls.

Sowing the curly leaf

Frisee is traditionally grown in summer and fall, but it can also be sown earlier for a spring harvest.

It sows itself in place and online of February to October. The sooner we start, the more it will be necessary to protect your seedlings from frames, bells or tunnel.

Concerning the summer sowing, know that the curly likes a certain freshness to develop well

  • Spring curly: Seedling in the nursery in February / March.
    Remove the tunnel as soon as the frosts end.

In all cases, it will be appropriate to thin out to 25/30 cm as soon as the first leaves appear.

You should also know that the curly flower is very well grown in pots and that you can therefore enjoy it on your balcony or terrace.

Plant the curly purchased in a pot, in a bucket

If you want to avoid the sowing stage, it is possible to buy your curly in pot or cup ready to plant.

You will then plant them in the ground, whether in vegetable garden or in a ferry on a terrace or balcony.

  • Respect a distance of 30 cm between each curl and water regularly.
  • Again only plant what you need and renew the plantings regularly

Blanch the curly chicory

We prefer to whiten the curly to remove bitterness from the leaves before consuming them.

  • This operation lasts ten days
  • With thread or raffia, pick up the leaves and surround them so as to gather them towards the heart
  • Cover with an opaque bell or a terracotta pot
  • Continue to water if you think your curls are lacking in water

It is preferable to bleach as and when you need it because once bleached, the curly crop is harvested for less time.

  • Some varieties have the particularity of bleaching on their own

Harvest of the curly leaf

Curly hair has the particularity of resisting the first cold and will therefore resist the fall better.

After forcing, harvest your curls by cutting directly at the collar.

Curly in winter

It is possible to harvest curly all year round but also during the winter period.

  • You will sowAugust to October, directly in place.

As soon as the first cold weather arrives, you go protect your seedlings and crops with a small greenhouse, a tunnel or any other support allowing your curly hair to grow despite the frost and allowing a maximum of light to pass through.

To know about the curly

Subspecies ofendive, curly chicory is relatively easy to grow, curly chicory requires little maintenance throughout its growth, apart from regular but measured watering.

Annual of the asteraceae family, the curly leaf is relatively poor in energy value while containing a large amount of water and digestive virtues.

There are also trace elements, fiber, minerals and vitamins essential for the proper development of our organizations.

  • You will understand, the salad has many advantages, both for its ease of cultivation and for its nutritional qualities.

Smart tip about curly hair

Vary the sowing periods as well as the varieties in order to have curly leaves almost throughout the year ...

Video: 7 EASY + HEALTHY SALADS FOR EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK. Fablunch (October 2020).