Chicory is nutritionally important because it feeds the beneficial bacteria in the intestines. It contains inulin (not to be confused with insulin), oligofructoses, and a special class of carbohydrates known as fructans. This group of carbohydrates allows the body to absorb calcium and magnesium much better than any other food. in many countries its used as a coffee substituent.
Chicory, Succory, Wild Succory, Hendibeh, Cichorium intybus, Blue Sailors, Common Chicory, Wild Chicory, and Barbe de Capucin.
Root and leaves, dried. The root is usually roasted for a near coffee like flavor.
Up to one-third inulin
Teas and heated beverages. Very rarely used in capsule form.
Can be used to cook with if you want a coffee flavor or to make a coffee like hot or cold drink.
inulin (not insulin)
GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe. This herb can be safely consumed when used appropriately. Pregnant women should not take excessive doses of Chicory. There is a possibility of allergic hypersensitivity in those individuals who are allergic to other asteraceae.
“Succory was known to the Romans and eaten by them as a vegetable or in salads, its use in this way being mentioned by Horace, Virgil, Ovid, and Pliny. It has been suggested that the name Succory came from the Latin succurrere (to run under), because of the depth to which the root penetrates.”
“It may, however be a corruption of Chicory, or Ctchorium, a word of Egyptian origin, which in various forms is the name of the plant in practically every European language. The Arabian physicians called it ‘Chicourey.’ Intybus, the specific name of the Chicory, is a modification of another Eastern name for the plant – Hendibeh. The Endive, an allied but foreign species (a native of southern Asia and northern provinces of China) derives both its common and specific names from the same word.”
“The Endive and the Succory are the only two species in the genus Cichorium. There is little doubt that the Cichorium mentioned by Theophrastus as in use amongst the ancients was the wild Chicory, since the names by which the wild plant is known in all the languages of modern Europe are merely corruptions of the original Greek word, while there are different names in the different countries for the Garden Endive.” (Chicory)
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