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There are many types of chicory, all have a very distinctive, bitter taste. Most varieties are good winter crops colourful leaves. They are ideal for salads and some types can also be cooked. There are three different types of chicory 'forcing' chicory, red chicory or radicchio and 'non-forcing' chicory. 'Palla Rossa', or sometimes called 'Palla rossa Zorzi Precoce', is a radicchio with a delicate, tangy flavour. It is best planted later in the year as it colours better in cooler weather.
Cultivar: Palla Rossa
Plant type: Vegetable
Flower colour: Blue
Foliage colour: Dark green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Beginner
Time to plant seeds: February to September
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