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The Story of Chicory SA

The Story of Chicory SA

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Home of Chicory Country

Chicory SA Limited, based in the rich farmlands of the Eastern Cape, South Africa, strives to be a leading supplier and developer of a diversified range of quality chicory-based products.

We add value to chicory, with products being marketed to manufacturers and consumers in South Africa and internationally.

Chicory SA is situated in Alexandria, Eastern Cape, on the Sunshine Coast of South Africa.  Chicory is grown in the surrounding areas where the bulk of South Africa’s chicory is produced.  The chicory industry is a major employer in this agricultural area.

The company is engaged in the production, marketing and distribution of dried chicory, roasted chicory, chicory powder and Woody Cape Chicory products for the consumer markets.

Chicory adds to the quality of life in the region and all stakeholders benefit from its successes.  Chicory SA forms part of The Co-op Group that is an agricultural co-operative that's been operational in South Africa for more than 76 years.

Chicory was first introduced into South Africa for commercial use in 1895 in the Alexandria area.  This town, on the Sunshine Coast, has become well known as the “Home of Chicory”.


What is Chicory Root?

Common chicory is also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor's buttons, and wild endive.

When flowering, chicory has a tough, grooved, and more or less hairy stem and is recognizable by its bright blue flowers.  The stem can grow to 1.5 m tall.  The leaves are stalked, lanceolate and unlobed

Chicory (Cichorium Intybus) is a perennial herb.  It’s grown and cultivated worldwide, including its place of origin in the Mediterranean region of Europe, the southeastern United States (especially popular in Louisiana), Southeast Asia and South Africa.

It’s most commonly known for its use as a coffee supplement or substitute, though it has many other applications, as well.  As a powerhouse of antioxidants with potent anti-inflammatory properties, chicory root is a “miracle” herb and an unyielding natural plant.

The chicory plant leaves can be used in salads or crushed up with the roots to create a paste or dressing applied topically.  That’s why it makes such an excellent active ingredient for a nourishing facial moisturizer.

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