If you love the sharp flavors of arugula and radicchio, you’ll adore puntarelle chicory. Also known as Catalogna chicory, puntarelle (Cichorium intybus) is a member of the chicory family popular in Italy. It is not commonly grown in North America, but if you enjoy growing chicory then its unique hearty greens are well worth your time. Read on to find out how to incorporate puntarelle into your home garden. Quick Puntarelle Chicory Facts: What is Puntarelle Chicory? Puntarelle has been selectively bred from wild chicory, and is related to endive and escarole as well as radicchio. Puntarelle chicory has serrated leaves, similar in appearance to dandelion foliage, that grow out from the base of the plant. These leaves are surrounded by long, hollow, light green or white shoots, which develop from inside the plant in winter. Also referred to as asparagus chicory or Cichorium asparago, the leaves are edible but incredibly […]
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