Originally given to us by a friend of Riverpark from her Los Angeles garden, Spigariello can be eaten as a green like Kale, or harvested for its young florets in the spring. A much hardier, traditionally Italian relative of Broccoli and Kale, Spigareillo typically comes in two varieties, Foglia Liscia (flat leaf) and Foglia Riccia (curly leaf). These two varieties are never without their variations, so you may find a few curly plants in your bed. But both cook up deliciously and variety, after all, is the spice of life!
- Date: For Spring Planting: Start Indoors: March 1, Transplant April 15, For Summer and Fall Plantings: Direct Sow May 1- October 1
- Planting Depth: ¼ in.
- Germination Rate: 96%
- For Raised Beds: Space plants 12 in. apart, leaving 18 in. between rows.
- For Containers: Give plenty of depth for a big root ball and make sure container volume measures at least 3 gallons.