Chicory is a spontaneous growth plant known since the ancient Egyptians who used it widely and it is quoted in the Ebers Papyrus of 1550 BC.
Its name could have Greek or Arab derivation and already Greek physician Galen quoted it as useful to cure liver disease.
In addition to the plant, in war time the root of the chicory was used to prepare a coffee. The ‘cicoriario’ is name of the worker who picked the chicory in the fields and sold it in the markets.
In the Roman and Ciociara tradition, chicory is preferably cooked in a pan, with oil, garlic and chili pepper, accompanied by home-made bread.