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The ancient art of Campo Rosso’s Tardivo

Photo by Andrea Strong.

There’s a greenhouse in Eastern Pennsylvania where the sun never shines. All of its clear glass panels are covered, shrouded in dark cloth, keeping the light away. It is here that the Tardivo grows, in pans of water, “forced” to sprout new leaves, sending candy-striped fingers reaching out toward the inky darkness.

Tardivo is a variety of radicchio native to Veneto, in northern Italy, where all chicories are named for their villages, like wines named after regional grapes. …

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