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Chicory from Soncino or Scorzamara (Cichorium intybus)
Chicory from Soncino or Scorzamara (Cichorium intybus): this root variety from Sunsì in Lombardy, is slowly disappearing. Until the 60s it was widely present in typical preparations such as the famous risotto with roots, then its demand decreased more and amore with led to the abandonment of its cultivation. For some years now, renewed interest in ecotypes and biodiversity has led to its return to vegetable gardens. Its nutritional properties are numerous and important: antioxidants, fiber and few calories. Once peeled the root has a particular taste, earthy and intense. To be sown in summer and harvested in winter. Very rustic, it does not require particular attention since it is a root, however, a loose and worked soil is required. Limited water requirements.