Description & Uses
Chicory may grow to a height of 5'. it has mid-green leaves with hairy undersides. They are coarsely toothed at the base of the plant with smaller, arrow-head shaped leaves further up the stem. The stems themselves are hollow and furrowed with small hairs and contain a milky sap. Flowers are clear blue with fluted petals and are borne in twos or threes at each leaf joint.
Flowers can be used in salads while while fresh leaves can be eaten raw. Young roots may be cooked as a root vegetable.
The traditional way of utilising chicory is to produce 'chicons' by forcing the roots to produce a blanched head.
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