Chicory is a multi-use plant. However, Reasonably easy to grow, it provides a crop of leaves from early summer to mid-autumn. When the roots of the Witloof Bruxelles Chicory are lifted and stored in the dark then chicons are produced which will provide a delicacy in the winter months. Another use is as a coffee substitute. The roots are baked then ground and are used as a 40:60 mixture with coffee.