Boost Your Food IQ—What is Chicory?

A New Orleans Classic

Chicory is an endive plant. Its leaves are used in salads and its roots are often roasted, ground and used in coffee.

It was originally added to coffee during the French Civil War to make coffee go further. Now it is celebrated and appreciated.

Brought to Louisiana by the Arcadians, the French tradition of combining dark roasted coffee with chicory root took hold in New Orleans. This unique twist on coffee is now well known and sought after for its slightly chocolate-like flavor.

Troy and I were first introduced to coffee with chicory at Café Du Monde, but it is available all over New Orleans. If you don’t have the opportunity to travel down south and taste some for yourself, you can purchase some from Café Du Monde here.

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