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Scientific Name: Cichorium intybus 'madgeburg'

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Cichorium intybus 'madgeburg'
Cichorium intybus 'madgeburg'


  • Perennial
  • Chicory is indigenous to Europe and Asia and it has naturalized in South Africa.
  • It produces a rosette of broad leaves in the first year and an erect, branched flowering stalk in the 2nd year.
  • Remove flowers to promote root growth.
  • Chicory does best in full sun in a soil with a pH of 5.5 or greater.
  • C. intybus 'madgeburg' is a Coffee substitute.
  • It has roots which grow larger than other varieties - remove roots before first frost and wash.
  • Slice the root into disks, thin enough so that they can dehydrate properly.
  • To dehydrate them you may use a commercial dehydrator or lay them out in a protected area with good ventilation.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves can be harvested for greens - cooked with food or shredded in salads and served with oil and vinegar.
  • Once you have your dried chicory disks they need to be roasted around 350° until they begin to brown.
  • After the roasted disks are cool - grind fine in a coffee grinder.
  • Flavor depends on roasting time.
  • Use as coffee or blend with other coffee.

Parts Used

  • The leaves and roots.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Caffeine free, the brew from Magdeburg chicory roots makes a great naturally decaff option.
  • Chicory does not contain caffeine and has gained popularity with people allergic to caffeine or wanting to cut down on caffeine.
  • It also helps digestion.
  • The boiled mixture of chicory roots and leaves is used medicinally as a relief from liver problems, treatment of gout and rheumatic conditions, to treat the lack of appetite, diabetes and many other ailments.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Chicory is well known for its toxicity and often used to get rid of internal parasites in animals, by mixing the plants with their fodder.
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