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