Whenever I say “chicory” I start to sing, “chicory, Dickory dock.” I can’t help myself…and I’m only slightly sorry.
I noticed this flower when I moved to Missouri 5 ish years ago. The field would be blue in the morning, but the flowers close once it gets hot. Turns out the flowers are good for nothing but looking at and I guess eating if you like bitters.
But here is some more info:
- The leaves are also edible and can be made into a poultice to reduce inflammation and swelling.
- the root is normally roasted and used as a coffee replacement…not a coffee drinker and I haven’t tried this yet, but it smells so much like coffee I’m like 😊 because I not so secretly love the smell of coffee
- chicory is good for the immune
- and the digestive system (contains probiotics)
- it helps boost your appetite
- and chicory may even help prevent cancers. So there’s that.
Chicory is a member of the daisy family, so if you have allergies associated with that then steer clear. Chicory may also prompt menstruation, so if you are pregnant or trying to be, consult your healthcare practitioner as always. If you haven’t read my disclaimer make sure you do that!
Tomorrow I’m going to roast the roots I have and see what it really tastes like.
- Andrea Peirce. American Pharmaceutical Association: Practical Guide to Natural Medicines. 1999.