Advice 2: How to grow chicory salad
For cultivation of this culture requires that the soil contained a large amount of humus. It should be loose, as the roots of the plants long enough. Fresh manure chicory does not like, so in the year of planting it does not make. Seeds are sown not earlier than the first of June. Planted earlier, the plants can bloom, and the crop will be. Chicory are sown every 2-3 cm, later, when sprouts appear, they are thinned, leaving the distance between plants about 10 cm.
Care for the chicory salad
Frequent watering chicory does not need. Water it only during dry periods. Loosen the soil, not allowing to form a solid crust on the surface.
Harvest begins in mid-October. Because the roots of this crop grow quite long, it is recommended to not remove the shovel, and garden fork. Damaged roots will not be stored, so it is better just to cull. Not suitable for storing and rotten, but also small or too thick roots. Before placing vegetables on the storage, the leaves should be removed from them, leaving 2-3 cm from the root.
To get to December, fresh heads of chicory, forcing should begin in October. To do this, first the roots need to be exposed to low temperature. Leave them in the boxes on the ridges, covering the top of cut sheets. Later, the roots put one to one in a bucket or a box on the bottom of which is a stacked film. The gaps between the roots covered with earth or sand. Good throw and stand in a warm room, where the support temperature of about 15-18 degrees. Chicory salad during distillation needs to be in the dark so its leaves are not green and do not become bitter. Distillation lasts approximately one month, and during that time the roots are watered 1-2 times.
Advice 3: Is it worth it to replace coffee at chicory
As with any herbs – chicory you can collect and dry. You can also buy the finished product at the pharmacy. The most useful properties of the root and that it mimics the taste of coffee (the caffeine it contains). Therefore, for hypertensive patients, the drink is safe. The composition of the plant includes inulin that can be consumed by diabetics.
Variety of vitamins (especially b and minerals), chicory confer useful properties that contribute to:
-strengthen the immune system – cichorieae acid improves the immune system and is used as prophylaxis against viral respiratory infections;
-reconstruction of the digestive process after a struggle with obesity;
- strengthen the heart and nervous systems – chicory contains magnesium, potassium and reduces cholesterol in the blood;
- purification of the organism from the purulent wounds;
- has a calming effect;
- the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases;
- reduces the chance of diseases of the genitourinary system.
The use of chicory pregnant women will not bring any danger. The opposite can fight anemia because it contains iron.
In addition, chicory contains folic acid (using only one Cup, the body will receive half of the daily value).
- not recommended to use soluble chicory with varicose veins, increased cough, gastritis, asthma;
because chicory contains ascorbic acid, it can cause allergic to vitamin C;
- individual intolerance.
You should pay attention to the expiration date and composition. Quality product in the composition should be present the crushed root of the plant. Most importantly, do not dissolve the product in boiling water (water should be just hot). In a Cup of water for 2 tsp. of chicory. You can add milk or honey with sugar, jam or cocoa from this quality and properties will not change. To the body is enriched with nutrients a day is enough to drink up to 4 cups. In addition, chicory can be included in the diet and children.