The original seed was from a private collector in Formia, Italy. Well known gourmet delicacy green. Best sown in 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.