What is Chicory?
Chicory is grown in many parts of the world, with the largest producers in France and South Africa, even in the U.S. in the state of Nebraska.
Chicory is the roasted and ground root of the cultivated plant species, Chicorium Intybus, subspecies Sativum. Chicory is a forced crop, grown in complete darkness, which accounts for its blanched white, yellow-tipped leaves. It has a distinctive, cigar-like shape, about 12cm long, and the crisp leaves have a mildly bitter flavour. It is used to make a hot drink which is a coffee substitute by first roasting and then grinding the chicory root or by creating a blend of chicory root and coffee. The ratio of coffee to chicory can be as high as 3 to 1, or as low as 1 to 3.