|What is chicory?
It's a totally natural
product from a perennial plant, grown for centuries, cultivated mainly
in northern Europe but also found in India, Africa, Florida and California
Is chicory used in salads?
Yes. The leaves of the
chicory plant have long been popular as salad greens. Actually, chicory
is a distant (but much tastier) relative of the common dandelion.
Is chicory still added
Yes. Gourmets throughout
Europe and the US have been mellowing coffee with chicory for generations.
In fact, consumption of coffee and chicory has dramatically grown in popularity
in recent years with several new brands and products on the market. The
root of the chicory plant is sliced, kiln-dried, ground and roasted to
a rich dark brown color, like coffee beans. When added to coffee, it adds
body, aroma, color and mellowness.
Doesn't chicory make coffee
No. In fact, just the
reverse is true. Chicory blended with coffee actually produces a smoother,
more enjoyable cup of coffee, as proved by extensive blind taste tests
among coffee drinkers. Chicory offsets what many refer to as "the bitter
taste of coffee". Since chicory tends to darken coffee, this darkness has
often been misconstrued as meaning the coffee will be bitter or "stronger".
Does chicory contain caffeine?
No, which means that
if you drink a coffee blended with chicory, you actually reduce your caffeine
intake without sacrificing enjoyable taste.
Is chicory expensive?
No, since it is highly
soluble (70%) and very flavorful, adding chicory to ground coffee (only
20% soluble) lets you to brew the same pot of coffee with half as much
ground roast coffee, making a delicious yet economical pot of coffee.
Can chicory be brewed
Yes, and it can be served
hot or cold. It has a rich caramel flavor and leaves a semi-sweet pleasantly
smooth after taste.
Are there other ways chicory
can be used?
Yes. Chicory is a creative,
versatile ingredient which adds flavor to other drinks. The chicory root
is a common ingredient in herbal tea blends and, as an extract, (made by
steeping ground roast chicory in boiling water, then straining), it can
be used to add a dark rich color to soups, meats, gravies and dark breads.
Is chicory something new?
No. In fact, chicory
dates back 4,000 years and was referred to in the days of Cleopatra and
Napoleon. It was thought of not only as a beverage but as a vegetable,
and praised for its medicinal-like effect on the digestive tract. Introduced
to the American colonies by the governor of Massachusetts in 1785, it became
a common household product - served as an herb beverage and as a hot or
cold vegetable at mealtime. In recent years, it has been preferred as a
caffeine-free beverage and as a great way to enhance, enrich and extend
ground roast coffee.
Coffee and Chicory Mixtures
Measure out half the
amount of coffee you'd ordinarily use to make a pot of coffee. Then add
half that amount of chicory and brew. Example: If you ordinarily use one
tablespoon of coffee per cup, you would use only 3 tablespoons of coffee,
plus one and a half tablespoons of chicory to make six cups.
Hot Brewed Chicory
Chicory can be brewed
right in your home coffeemaker. Simply use two to three tablespoons of
ground roast chicory for each cup of hot brew desired. Vary the amount
to suit your taste. Sweeten with sugar (brown or white) or honey; lighten
with milk or cream.
Combine one measuring
cup milk and one teaspoon chicory. Bring to a boil and let stand five minutes.
Then strain and serve either hot or cold. Add sugar to taste.
Combine in a saucepan
3/4 cup ground roast chicory and 1-1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil and
simmer three minutes. Remove from heat, let stand 15 minutes, strain. Store
in covered jar in refrigerator. Use a teaspoon or two to flavor puddings
and desserts. This extract makes an excellent coloring for gravies, stews,
rye breads, or any dish to which you want to add a dark, rich color.
You may have heard about
chicory as a healthy ingredient in dog food. Read on to find out what chicory
is and how it benefits your dog.
Dogs' digestive systems
contain a balance of good and bad bacteria. (Human digestive systems are
the same way). A healthy digestive system has more good bacteria in it
than bad bacteria. Examples of good bacteria in the digestive system are
Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria. (Lactobacillus is an active ingredient
in yogurt). Good bacteria assist in digestion, produce essential B-vitamins,
and may help improve absorption of key vitamins and minerals.
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