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Chicory Root, Ground & Roasted

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Chicory Root, 1 lb. Ground & Roasted

Chicory is a blue-flowered herb with a long white root. It contains no caffeine. When roasted and ground properly, it has a chocolate-like flavor that adds flavor and body to coffee.

It has been grown since the Middle Ages as a coffee substitute. Around 1970 it was found that the root contains up to 20% inulin. Since then, new strains have been created, giving root chicory an inulin content comparable to that of sugar beet (around 600 dt/ha). Inulin is mainly present in the plant family Asteraceae as a storage carbohydrate (for example Jerusalem artichoke, dahlia, etc.).

It is used as a sweetener in the food industry (with a sweetening power 30% higher than that of sucrose). Inulin can be converted to fructose and glucose through hydrolysis.
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