To get started, find yourself a patch of chicory where no one has recently sprayed any weed killer or other poisons. Be certain that it's chicory by selecting plants that are starting to produce the classic chicory leaves, with attached dead stalks from the previous year. Thanks to our mild winter, the leaves are out earlier than normal this year. For further proof of identity, any broken chicory leaves or stems should exude a slightly milky sap. The leaves should be relatively hairless, with no teeth or small teeth. As with all edible plants, use a field guide for confirmation, and if in doubt, DON'T use it.