Scientific Name: Cichorium intybus
Common Name: Chicory
Other Common Names: Blue Sailors, Garden Endive, Succory, Cichorium
Intybus, Common Chicory Root, Hendibeh, Hinduba, Kasani, Kasni, Succory, Wild
Chicory, Wild Endive, Blue Daisy, Blue Dandelion, Blue Weed, Bunk, Coffeeweed,
Common Chicory, Cornflower, Horseweed, Ragged Sailors, Wild Bachelor's
Buttons, Witloof, & Wild Succory
Plant Type: Perennial
Where To Plant: Full Sun to Partly Shady
Zones (See US Zone map): 2-7
Number of Seeds Per Pack: 25
Notes: The natural coffee substitute!
CICHORIUM INTYBUS The roots of the Chicory are famous as a coffee substitute
especially in the Mediterranean as well as in India, parts of Southeast Asia and
southern United States, particularly in New Orleans. The root of the plant
is said to have medicinal value. It has a mild laxative effect, increases
bile production from the gallbladder, and decreases inflammation. It is also
rich in beta-carotene. Chicory root extract is high in a compound inulin,
a polysaccharide similar to starch, and is used as a high-fiber dietary
supplement. Also the volatile oils are said to be able to get rid of
intestinal worms. The leaves also can be eaten raw in salad. Common in
typical Roman recipes, where it is commonly fried with red pepper & garlic to
impart a slightly bitter yet spicy flavor to meat or potato dishes. The
flowers are usually blue and are very pretty.
Any statement made concerning medical
conditions treated with this herb is not intended as sound medical advice. The
seeds are NOT to be ingested only planted. Herbs need to taken only with
the guidance of a trained physician or established herblist.
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