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Chicory, Grumolo Rosso (Organic)

Cichorium intybus. Rosette type. 60 days.

Red Grumolo type chicory, cold hardy and beautiful. Forms a beautiful rosette in winter through spring that is so pretty it could be used as a boutonniere. Also great harvested young for salad mix and as cut-and-come-again loose leaves. Shari Sirkin of Dancing Roots Farm in Troutdale, Oregon, tells us it has relentless regrowth when harvested for loose leaf production. She loves it! Slightly bitter tasting, the bitterness of the species is greatly reduced by frosts, soaking in cold water, a quick blanching or with light cooking. Great cooked in risotto. One of our most cold hardy winter greens.

Seed produced by Deep Harvest Farm on Whidbey Island, Washington.

1/2 g ≈ 200 seeds
$3.90

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2 g ≈ 800 seeds
$6.90

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1/4 oz
$14.00

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1 oz
$42.00

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Geographical Origin

Sow indoors with good potting soil February through September. Transplant into the garden 3-4 weeks after sprouting. In our area, chicory can grow through the winter without protection but is best when sown in June or July for this purpose. Alternatively, direct sow March through August.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from 10 or more plants in second year when seeds have dried down. Cut whole plants, place on tarp, then dance and stomp to free the seed. Or place dry plants on tarps and drive on them. Screen and winnow to clean. Isolate from other Cichorium sp. by ½ mile.

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