Brussels chicory

Chicory was discovered in the 18th century by the Netherlands’ southern neighbours the Belgians, which is why chicory is sometimes known as ‘Brussels (wit)lof’. After its discovery, it took another hundred years or more before chicory took the market by storm. Chicory is a leaf vegetable of the chicory-succory family, whose other members include radicchio (also known as Italian chicory) and endives. Chicory is primarily grown in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.