If you are going to be serious about growing puntarelle chicory, you ought to have the proper tool to process it! This cutter uses a grid of wires to slice the stems into the classic matchstick shape typical to where it is grown around Rome. The pieces are then soaked to take away some of the bitterness and give them their lovely curl. And, while we love a good single purpose kitchen tool as much as the next person, these work great for matchsticking tender asparagus and young zucchini as well. Made in Italy, branded with a Smarties.bio logo burn.