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Cichorium intybus


plant overview
chicory instead of coffee

Chicory, also called succory, is a perennial member of the daisy family easily recognized by its branched stems that support beautiful lavender-blue flowers that open and close at the same times each morning and night. Like its cousin the dandelion, chicory thrives in poor soil conditions where most other plants fail to grow. It also emerges from a long taproot, which is harvested and roasted for use as a coffee substitute.

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A Bit of Botany
a little botanical information about chicory

Chicory is a somewhat woody, perennial herbaceous plant of the Asteraceae family. When flowering, chicory has a tough, grooved, and more or less hairy stem, from 30 to 100 centimetres (10 to 40 in) tall. The leaves are stalked, lanceolate and unlobed. The flower heads are 2 to 4 centimetres (0.79 to 1.6 in) wide, and usually bright blue, rarely white or pink. There are two rows of involucral bracts; the inner are longer and erect, the outer are shorter and spreading. It flowers from July until October.

The achenes have no pappus (feathery hairs), but do have toothed scales on top.

common names & nomenclature
The name Chicory is from Middle French cichorée which means "endive, chicory", and from Latin cichoreum, from Greek kikhorion which also means "endive".

Also known as:
barbe de capucin, hendibeh, wild succory, endive, succory, garden endive, wild chicory, ragged sailors, blue dandelion, horseweed, blue daisy, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, wild bachelor's buttons, witloof chicory, radichetta, asparagus chicory

Chicory, the coffee substitute
Where in the World
habitat and range for chicory

Chicory lives as a wild plant on roadsides in its native Europe, and in North America and Australia, where it has become naturalized.

Cultivation & Harvesting
considerations for growing and harvesting chicory

Chicory lives as a wild plant on roadsides, it’s a cool weather crop and tolerates only moderate summer temperatures. It requires well-distributed rainfall, with good drainage, or some irrigation in drier areas.

Chicory grows on any type of soil, but, when cultivated grows best on mellow, deeply tilled, fertile soil or sandy loam.

A moist, firm seedbed is required for Chicory. Spring seedings of Chicory are usually successful. Summer seedings have been successful in some areas with proper irrigation. You do not want to sow Chicory flower seed after the middle of August as cooling temperatures and shortening day lengths in the fall impede Chicory stand development. You may either drill or broadcast Chicory flower seed when planting although drilling is preferred because it provides a more uniform depth of planting. Plant seeds 1/4 inch deep.

Chicory harvesting should take place as late in the season as possible as there is usually a marked increase in size and weight of roots during cool weather. Care should be taken to remove all remaining pieces of roots as they become established as weeds.

Roots are washed, sliced into cubes about 2.5 cm square, and dried over fire. Final process consists of roasting the dried chicory, grinding it to a fineness suitable for blending with ground coffee.

Dried chicory may be stored indefinitely. Ground chicory is usually packed in bulk in waterproof barrels or sacks, or in smaller packages for household use. Store in a cool, dry place.

The Rest of the Story
chicory history, folklore, literature & more

chicory—not just for coffee
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, you’re probably familiar with chicory. It’s often added to coffee mixtures in order to add flavor and it actually somewhat counteracts the effect of caffeine. But chicory is a good addition to your regimen for even more reasons than its ability to produce a nice cup of coffee.

Chicory is a plant that grows throughout North America and Europe. It’s attractive and actually makes a good plant for landscaping. It’s also a culinary treat when added to salads and other recipes.

There are several herbal remedies that chicory can provide. For example, it’s a tonic that when used regularly can improve overall health. If you’re having problems with your digestive tract, using chicory daily can help to relive them. For this purpose you’ll want to use chickory as a tea or a juice.

When it comes to gallbladder disease or gallstones, you’ll find that chicory is a great remedy. Many people have gallbladder problems when they suddenly change their diet. Removing too much fat from your diet at once can cause the production of gallstones. These are very painful. Chicory can be used as a tea or juice to help loosen these gallstones so that you can possibly avoid having to have surgery.

The gallbladder function is closely related to the way that the liver functions. When the liver isn’t doing its job well, you can turn a yellow color. This is called jaundice. Chicory is also a remedy for jaundice and can help the liver to begin doing its job properly again. In addition to helping your liver, chicory can also be good for treating problems with the spleen.

In addition, chicory can relieve constipation. This is a natural way to relieve your bowels without having painful gas or cramping. It also increases your urine output and can help to relieve bloating. cChicory is also a good remedy for inflammations of the skin.

If you’ve never tried chicory except as part of your coffee, you’ll want to get some and see how well it can work for you. Chicory is a good all-purpose herb that can help your digestive system and liver work well.

You can use decoction of chicory or you can make a juice. The juice is made from mixing a tablespoon of chicory with water or milk. To make a decoction, you’ll want to use 1 teaspoon of chicory for every ½ cup of water.

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.