(Best months for growing Chicory in USA - Zone 5a regions)
Prepare to store for forcing at around 4 - 5 months. The second stage, blanching will take 8 - 12 weeks.
To Blanch: Lift the plants and cut off the leaves about 5 cm (2 in) above the roots. Shorten the roots to about 20 - 25cm (8 - 10 in) and replant close together (3 - 5 cm apart)in a pot filled with loose soil. Keep damp but not soggy.
Cover to exclude light and keep out of the sunlight, but not below 10 °C (50 °F)
Exclude light until you use the witloof, if it goes green it will be bitter.
Good in salads.
Grill lightly with butter.
Bake with ham and cheese.
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