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Chicory

February 25, 2015

Chicory

 

If you can appreciate a little bitter flavors in your food, chicory is something you might want to get to know more about and although you’re probably used to having it in your salad, you can actually use it in your smoothie or juice combo! It’s really fresh and does so well with citrus fruits. Read on for some more facts!

  • Root chicory (Cichorium intybus) is an edible herb with a long tap root. Chicory is closely related to lettuce and dandelion, but is a member of the sunflower family. A complex family tree right?
  • Chicory has been cultivated in Europe as a coffee substitute. Where the roots were baked and ground. Worth a try if you’re down for decaf!
  • Has detoxifying and alkalizing effects that help in treating digestive problems, gastritis, gall bladder problems and purifies the blood
  • Chicory juice combined with the juice of carrot, celery and parsley, is a highly nourishing for optic nerve and your muscular system
  • Contains inulin, which is vital to the immune system and stimulates the growth of probiotics, which in turn enhances your digestive flora

Tip: Store the vegetable in the fridge wrapped in damp paper towel to avoid the development of a bitter flavor

Tip: Avoid cutting chicory with a knife and avoid fast oxidation (including the brown color). It’s better to just tear the leaves with your hands

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