Chicory is a Mediterranean herbaceous plant, mostly with blue flowers and rarely with pink or white. Its leaves, buds, and roots are used for many different uses. The leaves, also known as chicory greens, are traditionally used in salads and they’re known for their bitter flavor.
Moreover, the plant is native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. In fact, an ancient Rome dish called “puntarelle” was made with the sprouts of chicory. At first, it was described in the 17th century as a cultivated plant. But, when coffee was introduced to Europe, the Dutch came up with the idea that chicory will make a good addition to the beverage, until eventually, chicory became a replacement to it.
Species: C. intybus
Binomial Name: Cichorium intybus L.