Uncle Rubus’s grimoire of MAGICAL HERBS: Chicory

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THIS TIME of year the bright blue flowers of Chicory line all the roadsides and grow in abandoned fields and waste areas.  When I see Chicory and Queen Ann’s Lace blooming together I know that we are in the middle of summer.  Its like seeing an old friend who only comes once a year.  There is something reassuring to me that in spite of all the wrong in the world, you can depend on Chicory to brighten a summer day!

Young shoots of Chicory is said to taste like Endive and is good in salads,  I have never tried it.  Also the roots of Chicory have been used as a coffee substitute.  Again I am not a fan of coffee  so I’ve never tasted the drink from the Chicory root.

Magically, Chicory is used to open up locks and removing obstacles.  In all three of my 415 Raspberry Picket Trilogy novels, especially in book one, The Seven Sacred Seeds and book two, The Seed of The Wormwood, the witches often use Chicory to open locks.  In book three the young nephew Darach escapes from his imprisonment by using the magical power of Chicory!

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