*Heritage Variety*, Also known as Barba di Frate
Agretti is found only in the Mediterranean basin and is not Japanese Salsola Okahijiki. Agretti is an annual with long, chive-like foliage. The seed has short viability sow asap. The seed also has a naturally low germination rate. When mature (50+ days) Agretti is an 18″ wide, 24″ tall bush that looks like a huge chive plant or rosemary plant. The flavor is a bit bitter, a bit sourish. You can just braise them in some olive oil with garlic and serve them as a side dish. You can also boil them and dress them with olive oil. Can also be eaten raw.Really good with fish and seafood. This vegetable is very popular in Italy and has become the latest in vegetables in fancy Italian restaurants.
Inside: All year round
Outside: In spring, when soil temperatures reach over 60F. Sow and cover with 1/3 to 1/2 inch soil. Space seeds 4-6 inches apart. Thin to one plant 8-12 inches apart in a row or raised bed. Germination time: 7-10 days. Start cutting from the plants when they are about 6-8 inches tall. Cut the green tops or sections of the plant; it then will regrow. Can be watered with ordinary or salt water.