Monday, August 2, 2010

Zazzle binder from Wild Chicory Logo

Zazzle binder from Wild Chicory

Chicory, Cichorium Intybus, L. also known as wild succory, blue sailors, and coffeeweed. Chicory is a bushy perennial herb with blue, lavender, or occasionally white flowers. It grows as a wild plant on roadsides. The chicory plant is one of the earliest cited in recorded literature. Horace mentions it in reference to his own diet, which he describes: "Me pascunt olivae, me cichorea, me malvae" ("As for me, olives, endives, and mallows provide sustenance"). Root chicory has been in cultivation in Europe as a coffee substitute. Chicory is well known for its toxicity to internal parasites. Root chicory contains volatile oils similar to those found in plants in the related genus Tanacetum which includes Tansy, and is similarly effective at eliminating intestinal worms. Chicory (especially the flower) was used as a treatment in Germany, and is recorded in many books as an ancient German treatment for everyday ailments. Inulin, the dietary fiber found in Chicory finds application in diabetes and constipation. Source: Clark, George and Fletcher, James: “Farm Weeds” (1906)
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