Uses for Chicory

Chicory ( Cichorium intybus L).

When flowering, chicory has a tough, groove, and more or less a hairy stem, from 10 to 40 inches tall. The leaves are stalked, lanceolate and unlobed The flowers are usually bright blue, sometimes white or pink.

Time of Year: All year (flowers from July to Oct.)
Location: All of North America
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Nutrient Content

Vitamin A and C, Iron, Calcium, good fiber

Flowers, Leaves and Roots. 

Editable use
  • YES!! Another coffee substitute plant. Like Holly is!  But this is caffeine free but still has the taste. The young roots have a caramel taste and the older roots are more bitter. The Roots can be roasted into a coffee grind. In fact is still used as filler in many coffees.
  • Leaves can be used in salads. Summer ones are bitter and should be blanched. Winter are not as bitter .
  • Flowers make a yummy surprise in any dish
  • Boil the roots and they are like a parsnip
  • You can boil down the roots to make a sweetener (you would do this the same way you do it to sugar beets.)
  • Use the roots in soups and sauces as a thickener  

Medical Uses

  • Best time to harvest the roots for medical purposed is in the fall.
  • The root extract help to slow the heart down
  • You can use the latex in the stem to treat warts

Other Uses
  • Because the plant is high in sugar it can be turned in to alcohol
  • The leave make a blueish dye 


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