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Chicory flower-Cichorium intybus for Macro Flowers Saturday

Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #64!


Let's see what do you have to share this weekend!

Here is my entry:
This lovely blue wildflower is the chicory (Cichorium intybus), the well known coffeeweed.
Though native to Europe, it lives as a wild plant on roadsides in many parts of the world. I'm sure yo all know it, if not, your grandparents do.
Chicory flower-blue sailors photo
Root chicory has been in cultivation in Europe as a coffee substitute and additive in darker times, during economic crises like after World War II.
Bee on chicory flower
Wild chicory leaves have a bitter taste and are appreciated in certain cuisines for it in Italy, Spain, in Greece and Turkey as well. The leaves lose from their bitterness by cooking and sauteed with garlic and other ingredients, the resulting greens might be combined with pasta or served near meat dishes.
Common chicory-coffeeweed
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16 comments:

Joyful said...

Beautiful captures. I love how you've captured the bee :-) Have a wonderful weekend.

Karin M. said...

Wundervolle Macros....gefallen mir sehr gut....
LG: Karin

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The bee is extraordinary. Fantastic shots, Maia. Just gorgeous.

Nayana Donga said...

lovely pics! linking up my post...have a nice weekend to you too..

Judy said...

The bees is incredible! I have posted a lot of photos of chicory, as I love the colour. I did not know the leaves were edible. Your photos were taken later in the day than mine, as the stamens are starting to curl. Another little fact about chicory, and possibly other plants as well.

Jama said...

I've seen this flower in my country, but they are mostly yellow,and due to our tropical heat, they bloom all year long.

Mama Zen said...

What a lovely flower! I've never seen one before.

Misty Dawn said...

I LOVE Chicory! In fact, I almost used it as my MFS post this week! haha

SquirrelQueen said...

My grandmother used to always make her coffee mixed with chicory. I remember not liking it at first but then developed a taste for it.

The bloom of the chicory plant is gorgeous, even more so when visited by a little honey bee. Beautiful macros Maia.

My garden haven said...

That is a beautiful blue. There aren't many flowers that are pale blue. Lovely shots, Maia.
Rosie

Eden said...

Great macro shots. Beautiful blooms.

Have a great weekend.

Roan said...

Gorgeous chicory shots. Love the bee.

Linda Makiej said...

Beautiful!! I love the color of chicory flowers - so soft... I also like chicory "coffee"!

Cecilia Artista said...

Beautiful photos of the lovely chicory!

Míriam Luiza said...

Achei linda a cor desta flor!A abelha parece que vai saltar da tela em minha direção!

Míriam Luiza said...

Oi Maia!
I'll translate for you on google translator: Here are some photos of my tulips when they were opening. Today is a special day for me, since I retired in the role of teacher of mathematics for students 11 to 17 years in public school. I changed a few words. I think now you can understand. Thanks for the compliments to my tulips, and also the affection in your comment. Have a happy weekend! Hugs!

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