Attractive, tasty, thistle-like flowers
This superb purple variety is finer tasting than green varieties. It's as ornamental as it is edible, and is ideal for a variety of situations, and is loved by bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Harvest May-June (year 2).
This superb purple variety is, in our view, finer tasting than the green forms and is as ornamental as it is edible. It is the perfect reminder of holidays on the south coast of France.
- Finer tasting than green varieties
- An ornamental edible
- Attractive to honey bees
Companion planting can transform your garden. By encouraging in pollinators and predators with key plants, you can gain a tiny gardening team to do your pest control & pollination, all with the added benefit of supporting British native wildlife by providing habitats and food sources.
In return, their natural behaviours will increase your crop productivity and reduce insect pest numbers. Companion planting was widely used centuries ago in cottage gardens in Britain, but has since declined, as have the numbers of pollinators and predators.
Allow approximately 60cm (2') between plants in rows about 120cm (4') wide. Crops in second year, and continues for 4 to 5 years. Sow February at 10-15°C (50-60°F), or during March outdoors. Harvest May-June (yr 2).
HEALTH BENEFITS: A good source of protein and fibre. CULINARY TIPS: Delicious pickled small and marinated in good oil, with lemon juice and vinegar, seasoned with chilli or mustard. Great in salads with seasonal vegetables such as aubergine, with pecorino or even pizza.