Chicory "Trieste Sweet"
An Italian heirloom chicory with perennial tendencies. Green leaves make a loose head, and are hardy to 5 degrees for short periods. Mild flavor from early cuttings of loose leaves for salad to the mature head in winter. Sweetest when young. Well-suited to cutting as baby greens. A great choice as a fall crop or in a permaculture setting.
Thanks to Adaptive Seeds for this great addition to the garden. They describe it thus: "Trieste Sweet is a cut-and-come-again chicory that is usually broadcast sown, and harvested at baby leaf stage for use in salad mixes. Known for regrowth after harvest. Young leaves are smooth with round tips, thin stems that have almost no ribbing, and a mild sweet flavor that is great for raw eating. Flavor remains mild no matter what size but is sweetest when young. We were most impressed with Trieste Sweet during the winter of 2013, when plants bounced back after lows of 5°F without protection. Years later we still had plants from this trial sprouting back from the root, indicating Trieste Sweet might have perennial tendencies if ground is left untilled." Italian heirloom grown by Open Oak Farm. 200 seeds