- leaves can be eaten raw.
- leaves are best when young and/or growing in areas protected from direct sunlight.
- older leaves are best when cooked in several changes of water.
- young plant, including flower heads can be cooked.
- roots can be eaten raw when young.
- roots can be split, dried and roasted to make coffee substitute.
- look for chicory on disturbed ground, ranging from plains and foothills to montane regions.
- warning: excessive/prolonged use may damage retinas and cause sluggish digestion.