Pan di Zucchero Chicory


Pan di Zucchero Chicory

Cichorium intybus
(80 days) Open-pollinated. The name means ‘sugar loaf’ in Italian. If you associate chicory with bitterness, heirloom Pan di Zucchero will surprise you. Stood out from the four dozen others in chicory expert Lucie Arbuthnot’s fields and was delicious in her kitchen. Its 1' tall large tight light green leaves are shaped like a romaine lettuce crossed with a napa cabbage. High yielding, best as a fall crop. Will store well for three months and survive for four if you wrap it tightly in slightly damp newspaper and keep it just above freezing. Lucie compared it to witloof chicory, but without the extra work.

3048 Pan di Zucchero
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A: 0.5g for $2.50  
B: 1g for $3.75  
C: 2g for $5.50  
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D: 8g for $7.50  
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E: 16g for $11.00  
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K: 32g for $16.00  
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Additional Information


About 450-600 seeds/g.

Culture: Performs best in cool weather, spring or fall. Direct seed every 3 weeks, or start indoors 4 weeks before setting out, and space 1' apart for heads.


  • Days to maturity are from emergence after direct seeding.
  • All greens are open-pollinated except where noted.

    Culture: When to harvest greens? Research from trials conducted in England and Kenya showed looseleaf lettuce, red chard and arugula harvested in the evening had a longer shelf life than when picked in the morning.

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.