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Red Stem Chicory (40-86)

$3.50

Cicoria Rossa Italiana. Some call this Red Dandelion, but it is a true chicory. Requires a rich, well-tilled soil. Mid-early, upright plant with a large, closely wrapped head. Intense gree, serrated leaves are tall, with large red ribs. Said to be an excellent forcing variety. Take the well-developed plants out in the fall, bunch the leaves and remove secondary roots. Then put in a cooler, closed tub or dark basement and cover lightly with soil. Be the first to let us know about this! 10 gram packet. Approximately 600-900 seeds per gram.

To see our growing guide for chicory and radicchio, click here.

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Cicoria Rossa Italiana. Some call this Red Dandelion, but it is a true chicory. Requires a rich, well-tilled soil. Mid-early, upright plant with a large, closely wrapped head. Intense gree, serrated leaves are tall, with large red ribs. Said to be an excellent forcing variety. Take the well-developed plants out in the fall, bunch the leaves and remove secondary roots. Then put in a cooler, closed tub or dark basement and cover lightly with soil. Be the first to let us know about this! 10 gram packet. Approximately 600-900 seeds per gram.

To see our growing guide for chicory and radicchio, click here.

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I own a small market farm in Lawrence, KS and I direct seeded this red stem chicory in late May in 2018 to sell at farmers market. It germinates incredibly well as a direct seeded crop and grew throughout the summer and fall all the way until our first freeze despite the fact that we had a 2-3 month drought and incredibly high summer temperatures. It also tastes delicious, is great for you, and sells very well at farmers market as a "red stem dandelion." I highly recommend this easy and hardy chicory.
Posted by Kelley Coquillette on 5th Apr 2019

I love this herb. It has just the right bit olef tang to it. Grows easily and is a great addition to a salad.
Posted by undefined on 18th Jun 2017

Grew this from direct seed in Sept. Harvested leaves and boiled to blanch, chop and add to salads with greens, boiled potato, hard cooked eggs and a French vinagrette. It gave just the light bitter bite to make the salad. Truly delicious. Looking forward to trying to force the roots next.
Posted by shannon on 19th Nov 2014