As we are preparing for our fall chicory crop, I thought I would share a little information about this amazing crop and its many uses.
The chicory plant has long been known for its medicinal properties. According to WebMD, this incredible edible has many uses, including reducing swelling, treating high blood pressure, easing digestive issues, and much, much more. It is even used in medicines for treatment of cancer and heart failure. Check out this video to learn more about the wonderous health benefits of this powerful plant!
But don't let the potent properties of this plant fool you - it tastes great, too! If you've had the opportunity to visit Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, then you are no doubt familiar with the unique and rich flavor chicory adds to coffee.
Chicory has been used for centuries as a substitute for coffee, particularly in France and Louisiana when coffee shortages forced a quest for alternatives. Although chicory does not exactly match the taste of coffee, many people find that it is a near-enough substitute to help them reduce their coffee consumption. Check out this great video to learn more about the benefits of substituting some of your daily coffee intake with chicory.
Want to try chicory coffee? Then head over to our shop and try our Hickory Chicory Choc coffee blend! This blend of rich, toasted hickory nuts, savory roasted chicory root, and smooth cocoa is a great way to get the benefits of chicory in your diet.
In addition to its uses as a spice, the leaves can be eaten like celery, or the roots and leaf buds can be boiled. For a truly delicious side dish, check out this recipe for sauteed chicory from An Italian in My Kitchen. Simply toss the boiled leaves in with a little EVOO and garlic for a perfect quick companion for a busy weeknight dinner!
For a decidedly less quick but SOOO delicious use for chicory, check out this incredible recipe for Tartine w/ Walnut Butter, Caramelized Chicory & Orange Supremes. I cannot wait to try this with our chicory!