Sugar Loaf is upright, tightly headed very large, and crisp leaves endive. Pale-green, mild-tasting leaves lies a blanched heart of sweet, pale-golden white leaves with extraordinary flavour. Sugar Loaf is perfect for late summer and fall harvests.
Sow seeds indoors from April-May, or sow outdoors or sow direct June-July. It grows best in soils with a pH of 5.5-6.8. Seeds germinate best in soils around 16 to 18°C (60 to 65°F) Germination in 7 to 14 days.
Transplant seedlings at 3-4 leaf stage, spacing them 10-14 inches apart and spacing row 18-24 inches apart.
Maturity: 80 days
A salad vegetable with a distinct bitter flavour which can be reduced by blanching (a benefit of forcing). Can be grown as a seedling crop using less bitter young leaves.