cichorium intybus


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chicory

Leaves look like dandelion leaves, but the rest of the plant is quite different. Chicory (sometimes called "wild lettuce") has tall, almost empty stick-like stalks with light bluish purple flowers with thin square-tipped petals. When just starting as greens, the leaves look almost identical to dandelion, except maybe a red vein in the middle. Before this stem grows, you can tell the difference with dandelions by turning a leaf over… if the stem has little white hairs on it, it's not dandelion (which is smooth). The roots are used as a coffee substitute by roasting, grinding and brewing like coffee. The ground up root is a great probiotic food and source of fiber. The whole plant is edible. Diuretic, laxative, sedative, cardio-tonic (good for the heart), lowers blood sugar, used to help heal liver and gallbladder (jaundice, skin problems) Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. Use the greens, buds and flowers in your salad and put the ground up root in your drinks! Mildly bitter earthy flavor.

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chicory
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chicory

chicory

Leaves look like dandelion leaves, but the rest of the plant is quite different. Chicory (sometimes called "wild lettuce") has tall, almost empty stick-like stalks with light bluish purple flowers with thin square-tipped petals. When just starting as greens, the leaves look almost identical to dandelion, except maybe a red vein in the middle. Before this stem grows, you can tell the difference with dandelions by turning a leaf over… if the stem has little white hairs on it, it's not dandelion (which is smooth). The roots are used as a coffee substitute by roasting, grinding and brewing like coffee. The ground up root is a great probiotic food and source of fiber. The whole plant is edible. Diuretic, laxative, sedative, cardio-tonic (good for the heart), lowers blood sugar, used to help heal liver and gallbladder (jaundice, skin problems) Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory. Use the greens, buds and flowers in your salad and put the ground up root in your drinks! Mildly bitter earthy flavor.
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Cichorium intybus and Solanum nigrum grow on the plains of India up to 2100 metres in regions with a dry, temperate climate.
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Antidiabetics of Cichorium intybus in STZ-induced diabetic rats.
To improve synthesis and ultimately boost vitamin D levels, Silab has developed a natural active (INCI: Water (and) Cichorium intybus (chicory) root extract).
PartySmart is a polyherbal formulation containing extracts of Phoenix dactylifera, Cichorium intybus, Andrographis paniculata, Vitis vinifera, Phyllanthus amarus and Emblica officinalis.
Effect of environmental factors on anthocyanin synthesis and sugar content in Cichorium intybus L.
Biochemical Effects of Cichorium intybus and Sanctus oleraceus infusions and esculetin on streptozotocin-incluced diabetic albino rats.
The most common exotics species occurring in the roadside fields were Alliaria petiolata, Cichorium intybus, Daucus carota, Lactuca serriola, Lamium purpureum, Lespedeza cuneata, Lysimachia nummularia, Pastinaca sativa, Plantago lanceolata, Securigera varia, Stellaria media, Trifolium spp.