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Name:

Chicory

Variety:

Catalonia

Milanaise

Grumulo

Family

Endive

Availability:

Year round

Character:

Chicory is a green leafy salad veg. It comes in many different shapes. Catalonia varieties look almost like Dandelion leaves, Milanese varieties look more like Romaine Lettuce, while some Grumulo varieties look like very small Boston Leaf Lettuces.

Use:

Used in salad leaves

Quality Points:

Stems should be firm and leaves should have good colour - tops of leaves may be a little limp

Storage:

Refrigerate in plastic bags. Use promptly.

Preparation:

Strip leaves and wash well chop, slice or shred as needed

Cooking Method:

Wilting only is required if at all

History:

The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all grew and ate Chicory leaves

Nutrition:

Per 100g: 23 calories, 1.7g protein, 4.7g carbohydrates. Contains calcium, phosphorus, Vitamins B and C. Contains prebiotics, which apparently help stomachs maintain a healthy level of good bacteria.

Comment:

 Sometimes the curly version of Endive is called Chicory by retailers, but that is incorrect and really not helping matters at all.