Traditional elongated red chicory of Treviso in the north of Italy, grown especially to be the salad of winter, and harvested after cold weather. Traditional methods involve digging out and trimming the roots and tops, extensive washing and forcing in 56 F spring water, careful trimming and grading of the final product. A more rustic approach is to harvest the heart leaves as needed from the field, or force roots in a cellar with spring temperature water. Late varieties in our area may be planted between July 4 and mid-September. Early plantings make large plants that need 12-16" in-row spacing. Late sowings should be more crowded, 8-12" apart to promote blanching. Harvest mid-October through winter, depending on the planting date.
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Scientific Name: Chicorium intybus
Seed Count Information:
- Seeds Per Packet: 500
- Seeds Per Ounce: 14,000