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October 29, 2020

Science > Chicory


Common Name


Scientific Name

Cichorium pumilum Jacq.


Chicory is a perennial plant that its origins are Europe, India and Egypt. As a weed it grows in mild climates and is widely cultivated in northern Europe. 5000 years ago Egyptians grew it as a medicinal plant. Chicory was taken from Europe to North America in the 1700s. The word of chicory “chicoree” is a French word that it is written (chicory) in English. Also, probably it is derived from Egyptian word “Cichorium”. Greeks and ancient Romans used chicory as a vegetable and in a variety of salads. In the early 17th century chicory was cultivated as a feed for animals in northern Europe.


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