days to maturity: 42 days
plant spacing: 4 plants per square foot
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: frisee does best in the cooler months in south florida, similar to lettuce.
harvest notes: clip individual leaves or harvest whole head by cutting with a knife just above the root attachment. cool quickly by dunking in cold water, drain, and refrigerate.
Frisee is a member of the endive/chicory family with finely curled leaves and a slightly bitter flavor. It is extremely popular in France, and truly one of the most elegant of the salad vegetables. As the plant reaches full size, the outer leaves are gathered up and tightly bound with an elastic band, excluding sunlight to its newly forming inner leaves. This makes the frisee more tender and gives it its singular two-tone appearance. Frisee is best served raw with a sharply acid dressing to offset the bitterness.