Difference between Catalonian and wild chicory chicory: the season
The wild chicory pointer it grows spontaneously and is harvested only in a specific period of the year. As mentioned, it originates from the young plant starting from end of March and for about a monthbefore flowering begins. After spring it is no longer found.
For the chicory chicory, however, we do not have a real seasonality. The harvest period varies according to the timing of sowing which generally runs from August to December. Therefore, it is not uncommon to find Puntarelle of Catalonia at the supermarket counters both in winter and in spring.
Furthermore, the appearance of the two varieties is very similar, both are crunchy, but according to expert chicory growers, the wild chicory is decidedly more bitter and tasty.