(Best months for growing Chicory in USA - Zone 5a regions)
S = Plant undercover in seed trays P = Sow seed
Harvest - to prepare to store for forcing at around 4-5 months . The second stage, blanching will take 8 - 12 weeks. To Blanch:- Lift the plants and cut off the leaves about 5cm (2in) above the roots. Shorten the roots to about 20-25cm (8-10in) and replant close together (3-5cm apart)in a pot filled with loose soil. Keep damp but not soggy. Cover to exclude light and keep out of the sunlight, but not below 10 C (50 F)
Exclude light until you use the witloof, if it goes green it will be bitter.
Good in salads
Grill lightly with butter
Bake with ham and cheese
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