Welcome to the world of Chicory! People who have been taking chicory in salads or coffee will find the multiple benefits of this perennial herb astonishing. A bushy Mediterranean herb with lavender, blue or occasionally white flowers, common chicory (Cichorium Intybus) has a long white root. It is widely grown in native Europe for its root and is found naturalized in North America and Australia.
Other popular names of chicory include succory, blue sailors and coffeeweed. It is also called, rather improperly, as cornflower. It is grown largely for its roots (var. satium) which are baked, grounded and then used as coffee, and for its leaves (var. foliosum), which are also known by other names such as endive, sugarloaf, radicchio, etc.