Great taste, texture and colour. From bright green stems the young leaves grow into a lobed broad leaf (reminiscent of an oak leaf) with the colour developing into a purple green variegation with purple veins throughout. Price for 50 seeds.
SOW: from February right through to October. Starting the seeds in modules enables you to transplant at the 2/3 leaf stage.
GROW: space at 10cm for little leaves but this plant can grow larger & you will need to give it at least 25cm spacing to do this. Keep watered in very dry weather. Overwinter under cloches, in a cold frame or unheated greenhouse and enjoy fresh Red Dragon leaves on into in the spring.
EAT: try these in salads, cook with them or even pickled or fermented. Young leaves are milder but mature leaves are less pungent when cooked. Flowering shoots can be cut & cooked as you would broccoli.