Chicory Flower

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Se unió en agosto 2009

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A beautiful chicory flower…most people view it simply as a roadside weed, failing to see it’s beauty or appreciate it’s uses. Truly a beautiful gift of the Divine…

Photo taken in Port Huron Michigan Olympus SP-565UZ

This plant was introduced to North America from Europe, and now grows prolifically. Chicory leaves are a good source of vitamins A, B complex, K, E, and C, as well as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, and magnesium.

You can add very young chicory leaves raw to salads, or include them in cooked recipes, the same way you cook dandelions. More strongly flavored than commercial chicory, they cook in 10 to 15 minutes. Older leaves are bitter, so you may want to boil them in 1 or more changes of water.

To make a caffeine-free coffee-like beverage from the roots, scrub, chop, and toast them in a 350F oven 1 hour, or until dark brown, brittle, and fragrant, stirring occasionally. Grind to the size of coffee in a spice grinder or blender, and use like regular coffee 1 tsp. per cup of water.

You can make a decoction of chicory root by slicing it, then simmering it in a covered saucepan for 10 to 20 minutes. Strain out the herb, and drink it hot. Herbalists use the tea as a blood purifier (detoxifier), tonic, and decongestant of the internal organs.

A strong tea of the boiled roots, flowers, and leaves is reputed to be a good wash for skin irritations, including athlete’s foot. You can apply a compress of the boiled leaves and flowers, wrapped in a clean cotton cloth, to swellings, boils, and mild inflammations.

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