Chicory: properties, nutritional values, recipes

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Chicory is a useful vegetable against drowsiness and for the health of the kidneys and liver. What are the properties and calories? How to use chicory in cooking?


Chicory (Chichorium intybus), belongs to the Composite family. Known for stimulating concentration, it is useful for hair, skin, kidneys and to combat sleepiness. Let's find out better.

> 1. Properties of chicory

> 2. Calories and nutritional values ​​of chicory

> 3. Chicory, ally of

> 4. A recipe with chicory

> 5. They say about her

> 6. Curiosities about chicory


Properties of chicory

Chicory stimulates concentration, helps fight drowsiness, has laxative power, stimulates the activity of the pancreas and liver. Thanks to its properties it helps regulate the amount of glucose and cholesterol in the blood; it is therefore a particularly valuable food for those suffering from diabetes or high cholesterol. 

Chicory contains chicory, inulin, hill, tannin, starch, mineral salts and vitamins, all very useful substances for the body, thanks to which this vegetable boasts astringent, tonic, disinfectant and detoxifying properties.

Furthermore, chicory promotes the functioning of the gallbladder and Reindeer and stimulates digestion. Wraps made with chicory decoction help soothe skin irritations. Finally, chicory is considered a real panacea foracne.


Calories and nutritional values ​​of chicory

100 g of chicory contain 10 kcal / 42 kj.

Furthermore, for every 100 g of this product we have:

  • Water 93,4 g
  • G carbohydrates 0,7
  • Sugars 0,7 g
  • 1,4 g protein
  • 0,2 g fat
  • Cholesterol 0 g
  • Fibra totale 3,6 mg
  • Iron 0,7 mg
  • Calcium 74 mg
  • Phosphorus 31 mg
  • Vitamin B1 0,03
  • Vitamin B2 0,19
  • Vitamin B3 0,3
  • Vitamin A 219 µg
  • Vitamin C 17 mg


Chicory, ally of

Intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, skin, hair.


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A recipe with chicory

Chicory, also based on the variety, lends itself to various preparations. To make it more delicious, you can prepare one chicory savory pie.
Ingredients for the base:

  • 300 grams of durum wheat semolina flour,
  • 150 grams of extra virgin olive oil,
  • about 80/100 grams of water at room temperature,
  • a pinch of salt,
  • a pinch of baking soda.

Ingredients for the filling: chicory, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, chilli, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, breadcrumbs.

How to prepare the base: put the flour on the pastry board and open a hole in the center, in which to pour the oil. Knead with your fingertips until the oil is completely absorbed by the flour; the mixture thus obtained will be similar to many crumbs, therefore untied. Then pour in the water, a little at a time, continuing to knead, until you get a compact and fairly soft ball of dough. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for about thirty minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the filling.
How to prepare the filling: after blanching and draining the chicory, sauté it in a pan with olive oil, a clove of garlic, a few cherry tomatoes and chilli. 
At this point, roll out the dough and line a non-stick pan. Pour in the filling, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes.


They say about her

La chicory it is a perennial plant. It has a characteristic bitter taste, due to the presence of alkaloid substances. In reality, however, the flavor varies from chicory to chicory, because there are different types, each with a different palatability, more or less bitter.

When buying chicory, as with all other leafy vegetables, you have to check its appearance well, to make sure you bring home a fresh product. Chicory leaves must appear free of lesions and dark parts and must not be yellowed.


Curiosities about chicory

  • In the Napoleonic period, in France, the chicory root was used as a substitute for coffee; a habit that was soon spread also in England and the United States.
  • According to popular belief, chicory, especially wild chicory, would be able to awaken eros. It would, in fact, be a natural vasodilator, capable of increasing the blood supply to the male sexual organs.


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Other articles on chicory:

> Wild chicory, how to recognize and harvest it

> Chicory: types, cultivation and harvest

> Chicory coffee, the recipe

> Chicory and chicory




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