Welcome to Macro Flowers Saturday #64!
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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.
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.
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.
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