Chicory and Raddichio Mixed

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Chicory and Raddichio Mixed

2.50

This is a diverse mix of non heading, leafy chicory and colorful raddichio.  Some of these have the ability to form compact heads under the right conditions especially when grown under cooler weather conditions but all of these can be useful in salads. The bitterness of chicory is nice in a salad of mixed greens but be cautious about harvesting chicory in the summer when it become too bitter.   When braised in a skillet the bitterness subsides and it makes a wonderful mellow vegetable side to pasta.  Note the scientific name, chicory and endive are really much the same.  The ability to form more compact, upright growing plants and the splash of red seen in the leaves of some chicories are differences.
60-100 days              

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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.