Wild Chicory Seeds
, also known as Cichorium intybus, Common chicory, blue sailors, succory, and coffeeweed
. It is also sometimes referred to as cornflower
although the name is more commonly referring to Bachelor's Buttons
Chicory is native to Europe, and in North America and Australia.
is a bushy perennial herb with blue, purple, or occasionally white flowers. Wild Chicory
is grown and cultivated for their leaves or for the roots which are baked, ground, and used as a coffee substitute and additive. The Wild Chicory
leaves are used in salads, often times preferred over the Dandelion. The Wild Chicory
leaves are cut and and generally blanched, as the unblanched leaves are bitter. The young blanched heads are also a good vegetable for cooking, similar to Sea Kale.
Syrup made from Wild Chicory
is an excellent laxative for children, as it acts without irritation. An infusion of Wild Chicory
is useful for skin eruptions connected with gout. The old herbalists used the bruised Wild Chicory
leaves made a good poultice for swellings, inflammations and inflamed eyes.
seeds are a finches favorite!
Also available: Coffee Chicory Flower Seeds