A very cool and unique chicory that we sourced originally from Italy for one of the restaurants we work with. It is also called pine cone chicory. Best grown for fall.
Chicory / Raddichio / Endive / Escarole
A packet sows a 10 ft row (250 seeds)
Chicory and endive are cool weather greens which do not like summer heat. Plant seed in the garden before the last frost date scattering them 2-3 per inch and transplant the seedlings when they are 2 inches tall. You can also sow the seeds indoors if you have a sunny cool windowsill to use. Fertilizer and irrigation is necessary to produce a crop that grows quick and steady.
For fall crops (chicory and endive can tolerate frost well) start the seeds in mid July. Some leafy raddichio will put on a colorful display in the colder weather. The broad leaved escarole is at it’s best in the cooler fall weather also.