Chicory - undemanding perennial plant growing on forest edges and meadows, on vacant lots and along roads and ditches. Time to flowering chicory - summer. At this time it appears the wonderful blue, dark blue and pale pink flowers. When he saw along the road, chicory growing, not everyone will guess that it is undemanding plant - the most popular substitute for coffee in the world. The departments of diabetic food supermarkets represented a fairly large range of chicory for making beverages. How to brew chicory?
You will need:
- chicory roots; - Water; - A coffee grinder or blender.
Instruction how to brew chicory
Currently sold in stores different chicory: chopped (before brewing it to ground in a conventional grinder) ground soluble - in the form of a thick paste or powder. Brew chicory in a way simple enough, the recommendation is usually indicated on the package. But you can prepare yourself a drink from the roots of chicory. To cook the roots, rinse and then dry well.
Fry roots in a pan over very low heat until until all the moisture has evaporated. During roasting, they are specific, but very nice smell. The originator of this fragrance - a bouquet of aromatic substances, called tsikoriol formed during frying in the roots.
Roasted roots grind in a coffee grinder or blender. Pour boiling water (1 teaspoon per cup of water chicory) and simmer for about five minutes. Then remove from heat and allow to brew for 5-7 minutes drink.
Tsikornogo drink is ready! It can drink as coffee, cream, milk, sugar and, optionally, even with lemon.