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Product: Chicory Root
Latin Name: Cichorium intybus syn. Cichorium balearicum, Cichorium cicorea, Cichorium commune, Cichorium perenne.
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Other Names: Common Chicory, Blue Sailors, Coffeeweed, Succory, Wild Succory, Hendibe & Barbe de Capucin.
Description: Chicory is a perennial plant with a deep root system which is cultivated in gardens and found growing in the wild throughout Europe and the United States, it can also be found in North Africa and western Asia. It grows to a height of up to 1.5 metres and consists of ridged branching stems covered in coarse hairs, the leaves are dark green sometimes with red veins and ‘toothed’ resembling those of dandelion leaves. The flowers are between 2-4 centimetres in diameter and clear bright blue sometimes the flowers can be white or pink.
SUGGESTED USEThe root is used as a coffee substitute, the flowers can be used as a compost activator in the same way as comfrey and nettle and they can be added to pot pourris. A blue dye can be obtained from the leaves.
SHELF LIFEShelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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