Chicory Root (Cichorium intybus) has been known and prized for its curative benefits since the first century A.D. It is also known as Blue daisy, Blue Dandelion, Blue Sailors, Blue Weed, Bunk, Coffeeweed, Cornflower, Hendibeh, Horseweed, Ragged Sailors, Succory, Wild Bachelor’s Buttons, and Wild Endive.
Chicory is a member of the Asteracea which also includes Artichokes, Calendula, Dandelions, Burdock and Jerusalem Artichokes. It belongs to the genus Cichorium.
There are a large number of plants found in this genus. They include Belgian endive, culinary endive, escarole, and radicchio. Each of these plants differs considerably in appearance, colour and to some extent, flavour, although they all share a slightly bitter taste.
Most of the members of this family produce a root that can be roasted, ground and combined with other roots to make a coffee substitute. Today, many people combine roasted chicory root with roasted dandelion root to make the coffee-like beverage. Unlike coffee, however, Chicory, by itself actually has a sedative action on the central nervous system.
Chicory is mostly taken as a tea, however, as Inulin, its most prized constituent, is not damaged by and is ONLY soluble in, hot water whereas the Inulin is damaged by the roasting of the root to make coffee.
Traditional Uses and History of Chicory Root:-
The ancient Egyptians ate large amounts of chicory because it was believed that the plant could purify.
To Make a Chicory Root Tea:-
Lightly simmer 2 teaspoons of the root for about 20 minutes ( as with all root and bark teas, the infusion needs longer than with leaf or flower teas)
You can shorten this process if you wish by soaking the dried root overnight and using the resultant liquor as a component part of your “brew”
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