Binomial name: Cichorim intybus

Chicory is a plant that forms a rosette, which can be formed by 50 or more toothed leaves of violet or green colour.

Origin: it’s from the Mediterranean region.

Medicinal values: this vegetable is tonic, appetizer and diuretic.

Caloric value per 100 g: 17 kcal

Varieties: they are classifyed in two groups: root chicory and salad chicory.

Curiosities: in the 17th century was very important its growing in orchards; varieties less bitter were selected for its approval on the table. Escarole and endive are fruit of the improvement of this species.