Varieties of Chicory to Grow at Home
Occasionally, named varieties of roots are available commercially, prepared for forcing, but it is more likely you will have to start yourfrom seed. Check with your local nurseryman. Brussels Witloof: very popular and widely available; leaves can be blanched for spring salads, or eaten like in summer; roots can be ground for coffee substitute.
Red Verona: variety with reddish tinge to foliage; when blanched, produces compact red head.
Sugar Loaf (Pain de Sucre): similar to a well grown cosin appearance; very useful for winter salads; will stand for long periods without going to seed.
Madgeburg: grown primarily for its root, which is dried, roasted and ground and used as a coffee substitute; blanched leaves and young shoots can also be used as vegetables.
Normato: new Dutch variety which is self-folding; excellent for early forcing, up to Christmas.