Chicory

Blue Chicory Wild Flowers

Cichorium intybus

AKA: blue sailors, succory, coffeeweed, endive, sugarloaf or witloof

Chicory is a very common wild flower, and has herbal healing powers. Its leaves can be eaten raw, its roots can be baked and ground as herbal-coffee, its chicon buds can be eaten blanched, and its flowers can be eaten. It is a healthy forage crop for livestock. The oils in the plant (mostly in the root) are digestive medicine.

Chicory root contains up to 20% inulin, a polysaccharide similar to starch. It is used as a sweetener in the food industry with a sweetening power 110 that of sucrose. Inulin can be converted to fructose and glucose. Root chicory contains volatile oils similar to those found in plants in the related genus Tanacetum which includes Tansy, and is similarly effective at eliminating intestinal worms. All parts of the plant contain these volatile oils, with the majority of the toxic components concentrated in the plant’s root. Chicory roots are an “excellent substitute for oats” for horses due to their protein and fat content. (Wikipedia)

The magic of Chicory may even open locked doors!

 

 

 

 

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