We are very excited to introduce this collaborative project between Uprising Seeds, the Culinary Breeding Network, and northern Italian vegetable breeders, Smarties.Bio. The project was born primarily from a mutual love of radicchio and a desire to further establish it as an anchor of the fall and winter produce season here in the North America. Since 2021 we have been offering this special line of Certified Organic radicchio and regional specialty brassica seeds, bred and grown in Italy by Smarties.Bio.

Based in Chioggia in the heart of radicchio's motherland, Smarties exists at the meeting point of tradition and innovation bringing years of modern breeding experience to classic, culturally significant vegetables of their region. Theirs is the first complete line of radicchio available as Certified Organically Grown and bred seed that we know of.

We are now offering 26 varieties of radicchio and endive/escarole in a range of days-to-maturity slots that likely represents the largest collection of availability outside of Italy:

Rosso di Chioggia (3 var.)
Rosso di Verona (3 var.)
Giallo di Verona (1 var.)
Rosso di Treviso Precoce (3 var.)
Rosso di Treviso Tardivo
Variegato di Castelfranco (3 var.)
Puntarelle di Galantina
Variegato di Lusia (2 var.)
Bianco di Chioggia
Catalogna Gigante di Chioggia
Rosa del Veneto (2 var.)
Variegato di Chioggia
Roso di Gorizia
Pan di Zucchero
Curly Endive
In addition, Smarties.Bio has initiated a "Biodiversity project" working to preserve locally and historically significant varieties with deep roots in small northern Italian farming communities. We'll be offering a leaf-broccoli known as 'Broccolo Fiolaro di Creazzo', two winter cabbage 'Verza Moretta di Veronella' and 'Verza Marinanta', two cauliflowers 'Broccolo di Bassano' Precoce (late fall harvest) and Tardivo (overwinter harvest), a select strain of Nero di Toscana Kale 'Lapo', and a Pomodoro di Inverno (storage tomato) 'Annarita'.

In partnership with the Culinary Breeding Network, over the course of the year we will be sharing lots of content to give culinary and cultural context to these seeds: providing detailed growing information, offering recipes and cooking videos, and working to create shared community through these foods we love.

With the quality on the rise it's a good time to be a radicchio grower and lover. We look forward to sharing our passion for these crops with you.