ΣΕΡΙΣ


Cichorium intybus


Cichorium intybus

(Chicory)


Botanical info: 

Chicory is a biennial herbal plant that grows typically 60 to 120 cm tall, from a basal rosette of edible leaves. It flowers in the summer season of the second year.  It grows naturally in disturbed ground, and roadsides  of Europe and northwest Africa. 


Hippocratic legacy: 

    a. In Regimen 2: 

        a. Chicory promotes cooling. 


Other uses: 

The leaves are used in salads. The young blanched flowerheads are also a good vegetable for cooking, similar. The ground chicory is an ingredient for the adulteration of coffee. For this purpose, the thick cultivated root is sliced kiln-dried, roasted, and then ground. When infused, chicory is contra-stimulant, and serves to correct the excitation caused by coffee. Chicory root is tonic, laxative, and diuretic.


Images: