This very common plant is actually edible from flower to root. (Raw or Cooked) But it can also be made to make coffee.
Dig up the roots of 10 to 20 plants. You’re looking for roughly a half-pound of roots for a good sized batch. Cut the tops from the roots, but save the tops. You can sauté the tops in butter or oil to make a vitamin-rich cooked green.
Preheat your oven to 350 F while you wash the dirt off your roots, and cut them into half-inch bits. Spread the roots on a cookie sheet and bake until the roots are chocolate brown, and almost about to start burning. This usually takes 30 to 40 minutes, but watch them closely, as you don’t want them to actually burn.
You can either freeze these or they will last up to a month in a breathable container.
To make chicory coffee, pour boiling water into a coffee mug and add one tablespoon of roasted chicory root for every 8 ounces of water used. Cover the mug with a saucer or some other lid. Let the brew steep for 10 minutes. Finally, sweeten it to your taste and enjoy your drink.
This is just one of the many uses for Chicory. Another is that its actually got medicinal purposes as well. Chicory is harmful to internal parasites which is a great thing out in the field!