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One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Ground Chickory Root -~ Herbal Coffee ~ Tidbits

There are some days I have the hankering for a coffee in the middle of the day.  I don't buy decaffeinated coffee.  Although, I noticed our grocer just started carrying an organic decaffeinated coffee.

I've known for a long time that chickweed root can be ground for a coffee flavored, healthy drink, but haven't grown it here (yet).  We've see a few around, but not enough to dig up.

I ordered some Chicory to try instead. 

I read that chickweed root is like pulling cement.  And sometimes it's better not to plant at all.

I had the taste test.  I used the suggested 1/2 teaspoon of roasted powder (the root was sold out at the time of purchase).  I used a disposable tea-bag.  

It was very good.  Much better, in my opinion, than dandelion "coffee."  I find dandelion coffee or tea a bit bitter.  This is not as strong as black coffee, but a pretty good flavor.  I liked it.

 Like all herbs, it's best to research it, and read up on any side effects it may have.  Especially if you have allergies.  I have also found that you can purchase "herbal coffees" online, which contain herbs, fruits and other ingredients.  I wonder if coffee houses will start carrying them?  The last time Hubby and I went out on a date for coffee, I heard a woman as if they sold "herbal coffee."

Thanks for following along with my herbal journey.  I'm not sure what's next. I love my afternoon teas, and will soon start making iced teas again.  I love adding different herbs to it.

Today the kids have one last day of school before their spring break.  I think I am the only person that has not planned a huge Easter dinner. 


Sam I Am...... said...

Nope, there will be no big Easter dinner here either. It's just me, myself and I but my son and grandson will be coming later so we'll about one then...maybe. I always heard chicory root coffee was bitter so now I know different.

Kristina said...

Sam I Am, I have made dandelion "coffee" from dandelions here in the property, and dandelion tea from stores. Both to me were bitter. This was actually pretty good. It's strong, so you use just a little. I used 1/2 tsp. for 1 mug of water.