Have you heard the story where the turkey was almost the symbol of the US?We lucked out there!Well chicory(Cichotium intybus) was almost my symbol.I just like this “weed”.It is sometimes called Blue Sailors,Blue Daisy,and Coffeeweed.It considered a perennial herb that reproduces by seeds and roots below the crown.They also have help from the honey bee.The flowers are sky-blue and sometimes white or rarely pink.These flowers open up in the morning and are close at night.As always in a mass quantity they are a cool sight.We can find them growing in fields,meadows,pastures,roadsides, and vacant lots.Some have considered chicory as a wildflower for it’s simple beauty.We might have to study that one further.In addition to it’s beauty chicory is useful as “food”.One can boil the young leaves and serve like spinach-gotta try this.The roots can be served like carrots however this has not been a hit.And of course it is used as a coffee substitute-Folgers did not catch on to this.Some folks may not see this plant in the Deep South or parts of the North Plains but everywhere else-including Canada-it shines on!

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One thought on “Have you heard the story where the turkey was almost the symbol of the US?We lucked out there!Well chicory(Cichotium intybus) was almost my symbol.I just like this “weed”.It is sometimes called Blue Sailors,Blue Daisy,and Coffeeweed.It considered a perennial herb that reproduces by seeds and roots below the crown.They also have help from the honey bee.The flowers are sky-blue and sometimes white or rarely pink.These flowers open up in the morning and are close at night.As always in a mass quantity they are a cool sight.We can find them growing in fields,meadows,pastures,roadsides, and vacant lots.Some have considered chicory as a wildflower for it’s simple beauty.We might have to study that one further.In addition to it’s beauty chicory is useful as “food”.One can boil the young leaves and serve like spinach-gotta try this.The roots can be served like carrots however this has not been a hit.And of course it is used as a coffee substitute-Folgers did not catch on to this.Some folks may not see this plant in the Deep South or parts of the North Plains but everywhere else-including Canada-it shines on!

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