Also called Frisée, this delicious leafy vegetable is considered by some to be essential to a great salad. The leaves are intricately lobed and rather frilly, adding great texture. Due to the density of the plants, sunlight is often excluded from the hearts creating beautifully white, pale yellow blanched leaves.
To encourage self blanching, space varieties close (8-10"). For a more blanched center than self blanching will produce, tie plants with twine to exclude light from the center. Do not leave plants tied for more than 3 or 4 days or the centers will begin to rot due to lack of air circulation. An alternative method is to place a 4-8" cardboard disk or plate over the plant for 3-4 days.