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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Our results are in agreement with numerous studies that have reported the antimicrobial effect of Cichorium intybus extracts against Gram-positive bacteria, Gram-negative bacteria, yeast, and filamentous fungi [26, 38, 39].
Ikram, "Determination of some biochemicals, phytochemicals and antioxidant properties of different parts of Cichorium intybus L.: a comparative study," Journal of Animal and Plant Science, vol.
The nutritional benefits of Cichorium intybus in livestock mitigating peroxidation of lipids in serum and organs, as well as improving growth efficiency, reproduction, and health, were explained.
Gazzani, "Anti- and pro-oxidant activity of water soluble compounds in Cichorium intybus var.
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Ahmed, "Alloxan diabetes-induced oxidative stress and impairment of oxidative defense system in rat brain: neuroprotective effects of cichorium intybus," International Journal of Diabetes and Metabolism, vol.
Ranjitha Kumari, 2007.Phytochemical and antibacterial studies of Chicory (Cichorium intybus L.)- A multipurpose medicinal plant.
[Vasorelaxant activity of caffeic acid derivatives from Cichorium intybus and Equisetum arvense].
Cichorium intybus L., Bidens tripartite L., Helichrysum arenarium (L.) Moench are widespread in the secondary mixed grass cenoses.
Grass cover on the FIP plots was denser, greener, and shorter, thus harder to burn; the most common grasses were black spear grass (Heteropogon contortus), chichory (Cichorium intybus), and couch (Cynodon dactylon).