Wild Edible of the Week: Chicory!

This spindly looking weed was missed by someone’s weedwhacker.

It’s a good thing, too–this so-called “weed” with the beautiful purple-blue flowers is the very useful chicory plant.

Chicory Flower
Chicory grows along roadsides, in pastures, and in wastelands.

Chicory’s roots can be harvested and dried (or preferably roasted in the oven until dark brown). Once darkened and brittle, the roots can be chopped or ground up, and used in the same manner as coffee grounds to make a hot drink.

When prepared properly, chicory coffee has the aromatic undertones of vanilla, with no bitterness associated with coffee.  It is a real treat, and it is filled with nutrients!

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