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Chicory

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A vegetable with edible roots and leaves that have been cultivated as food since around 300 BCE. Chicory has a sweet flavor with a slight bitterness.

Native to Europe, West, and Central Asia, and northern Africa.

Chicory was introduced to North America in the 17th century by European colonists. It became a popular coffee substitute or a way to stretch coffee supplies in times of economic hardship, like the Civil War or Great Depression.

Caffeine-free chicory root is used as a coffee substitute, as it shares a similar dark, rich flavor when brewed.

“Cichorium intybus L.”from Kew Science Plants of the World Online

http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/taxon/urn:lsid:ipni.org:names:194533-1 

“The History of the Chicory Coffee Mix That New Orleans Made Its Own” by K. Annabelle Smith (2014) 

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/chicory-coffee-mix-new-orleans-made-own-comes-180949950

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