The red chicory De.Co. of Asigliano
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The crops typical of lower Vicenza are cereals, beetroot and tobacco, flanked by potato and chicory in the continuous cycle from spring to winter.
Chicory seeded immediately after the first harvest, refers to the product in the area of the red chicory of Verona, a variety of globular and firm clump, with white-veined crisp and savoury leaves. The specific area of approximately 400 hectares, with average yields of 100 quintals per hectare, includes Asigliano, but also the neighbouring towns of Poiana, Orgiano and Sossano.
The Festa del radicchio (The Festival of Chicory) is organised by the Council, Pro Loco and Coldiretti on the second Sunday of December. The event has a technical aspect in form of a conference and an exhibition contest which involves the participation of hundreds of producers, but for the people it is above all an opportunity to taste the chicory in its multiplicity of uses: fresh in salads, but also in risotto or in more recent options as a protagonist of stuffed crepes and elaborate pastries, or as a base for sauces.
As read in the menus of the restaurants of the «Le Buone Tavole dei Berici» group, who every year in late November organise themed evenings to honour the vegetable with creativity, it has been called "the flower of winter" due to the blaze of colour brought onto the tables.