Reflection's Flora and Fauna
A collection of my photos of flora and fauna, and maybe now and then,
something else that catches my attention and just will not let go.
Maybe even with little verbage, which is pretty hard for this gal.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Common Chicory - Cichorium Intybus

These blue/lavender beauties are commonly called blue sailors, chicory, coffeeweed, Common chicory, or succory. They are from the family: Aster (Asteraceae).  They grow in fields, along roadsides and in waste places.

From Wikipedia we learn that various varieties of chicory are cultivated for salad leaves, chicons (blanched buds), or for roots (var. sativum), which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. 

Its use as a coffee additive is very popular in India, parts of Southeast Asia, South Africa and southern United States, particularly in New Orleans (ahhh, memories of CafĂ© du Monde abound, no one makes chicory coffee the way they do).

*Thanks to Wikipedia.

1 comment:

Greta Koehl said...

This is one of my favorite "weeds." Every once in a while you have to just admire how beautiful some plants that grow wild are.