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Home>Vegetable Seeds>Endive & Escarole
Endive, Escarole, Chicory, Radicchio
Cichorium endiva & Cichorium intybus

Although its use in Europe is commonplace, America is only recently adopting these garden herbs into their diets. Broad leaf endive varieties, also called escarole, tend to be less bitter than the curly leaf endive varieties.  Escarole can be eaten like other greens either fresh as part of a green salad, or sauteed or chopped and added into soups and stews.

Radicchio (pronounced ra-dee-key-oh) is a leaf type chicory that is sometimes known as Italian chicory. Grown as a leaf vegetable, it has a bitter and spicy taste which tends to mellow after being roasted or grilled.  The roots of chicory varieties can be grown to a large size, dried, roasted, ground, and mixed with coffee to extend it or on its own as a substitute.

Each packet contains one gram, which is approximately 450 seeds.


 Products (Total Items: 10)
 
  
Broadleaf Batavian Endive (Escarole)
Broadleaf Batavian Endive (Escarole)
$1.85
Quantity
Castelfranco Chicory
Castelfranco Chicory
$2.25
Quantity
Frisée Endive
Frisée Endive
$2.25
Quantity
Full Heart Batavian Endive (Escarole)
Full Heart Batavian Endive (Escarole)
$1.85
Quantity
Green Curled Ruffec Endive
Green Curled Ruffec Endive
$1.85
Quantity
Palla Rossa Chicory
Palla Rossa Chicory
$2.25
Quantity
Rossa di Verona Radicchio (Italian Chicory)
Rossa di Verona Radicchio (Italian Chicory)
$1.85
Quantity
Rosso di Treviso Chicory
Rosso di Treviso Chicory
$2.25
Quantity
Salad King Endive
Salad King Endive
 (1)
$1.85
Quantity
Witloof Chicory
Witloof Chicory
$2.25
Quantity
  
  
 

The forcing varieties are grown through the summer season and then trimmed to about one inch from the root crown about three weeks before the first frost. The re-growth during this cooler weather is what is harvested. In areas with colder winter climates or with the slower maturing varieties (like Witloof Chicory), indoor forcing will be required. The extra effort yields a wonderful fresh winter salad green. Tie outer leaves if you want to blanch the centers.

Endive and Chicory will readily cross-pollinate so you will need to keep at least 500 yards distance between plantings if you intend to save seed.