Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Common Chicory

Common Chicory, (Chicorum intybus) is a familiar sight in most country road ditches starting soon. Extremely hardy and aggressive, after introduction to the US it has spread nationwide and can grow on hard-packed road shoulders or just about anywhere. The blue or sometimes white flowers open early in the day and typically close by noon. The flowers grow directly on the tough leather like stem
It is quite beautiful none the less and the tap root is ground and added to coffee. It has a mellow sweet flavor that cuts coffee's bitterness. The Luzianne Co., based in New Orleans, routinely adds Chicory to their Luzianne Coffee with Chicory. I love it!

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