Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

Edible parts of the chicory include the leaves, flowers and roots. The leaves can be used as a cooked green or fresh although the fresh greens may be bitter. The flowers can be used as a beautiful garnish to a salad. The roots have medicinal benefits and are also used as a coffee substitute around the world.

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Root is edible and medicinal, leaves and flowers are edible. It is often used for a foraging option for livestock.

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Chicory is a perennial herbaceous plant. The root has been used as a sweetener (inulin) and is also sometimes used as a coffee substitute. If you like parsnips, this root can also be cooked like you would parsnips and eaten as a root vegetable.

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