Chicory Red

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Chicorium intybus

Italian heirloom variety. Upright elongated heads made of dark green and white leaves that mature to a deep red. Leaves are crunchy and have slightly bitter flavour and are used both raw as a salad green and cooked as a vegetable.

Named after the town Trevisio in Italy where it originates from. Plants do best in cooler weather; growing in cooler weather produces heads that are sweeter and more red in colour. Heads grown in warmer weather tend to deveopl a more bitter flavour. Can be grown in containers. Is a good variety for growing baby leaves.

In late autumn when temperatures fall, the outer leaves will close together tightly to form heads and the colours will form and intensify.

Grown using organic heirloom open pollinated seed, no sprays, no chemicals in organic nutrient rich soil with gypsum, volcanic rock, minerals and compost in trays. No blood and bone no fish.