Chichorium intybus



Perennial edible herb 1-2m (3-6 feet) tall with a stout stiff stem. Basal leaves oblong to lanceolate. Upper leaveslanceolate. Blue flowers.


Harvest lettuce-like heads in autumn after 18-30 weeks. Used in salads and as a garnish. Vegetable. Blanching improves the flavour of the leaves.


Chicory can be grown in two ways: 1. Producing a leafy head in spring from dormant roots. 2. Producing large heads during autumn. To sprout crowns, keep between 13-15 degrees C. Grow in a sunny position in fertile, well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5-6.0


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'Home Vegetable Growing' and 'Commercial Vegetable Growing' courses through Australian Correspondence Schools, see 'Commercial Hydroponics' on CDROM from Australian Correspondence Schools