Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Foraging #9: Chicory Coffee

Chicory's Distinct Flowers
Foraging #9: Chicory Coffee

If you adore New Orleans style coffee you can make it from the weeds that grow all over the USA.
Chicory is a wiry, and wiley weed with beautiful periwinkle blue flowers
.The ROOTS are used as a coffee substitute when dug up, scrubbed, chopped and dried.
You can add it TO ground coffee on a 1:1 basis to mellow out your cup, or brew the dried Chicory itself as a decaf coffee substitute.

Lets get to Foraging...

Find some Chicory plants and use this tool to wrest up as much of the root as you can.
The Roots are tough to get at and pull up so expect a good work out.

Bring what you have home

Cut off the roots

Wash Thoroughly in FIT produce spray and scrub with a vegetable scrubber

Nice and clean!

Spread out on a plate on paper towels in a sunny window and let dry.

Grind in a Coffee Grinder or Vitamix

Then dry roast in a nonstick pan in a 375oF oven till brown and the fragrance is that of raisins and carrots, remove and spread out on a  plate to cool then store in a jar

Use as desired

Caution: Please do not FORAGE and eat anything that you have not verified as edible first by a certified plant expert. I am not responsible for YOUR stupidity.