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IBSARESDUAmerican University of Beirut
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English Name
Dwarf Chicory
Scientific Name
Cichorium intybus (in Lebanon)
Arabic Name
هندبة برية
Transliteration
Hindbeh barrieh; aalet
Description
Perennial growing to 1.5m by 0.5m. Annual to perennial, herb with basal flattened leaves, 15-70 cm long. Stem erect with angular joints and short lateral branches. Leaves strap shaped with dentate margins 10-30 cm long. Flower blue 2-3 cm in diameter showy
Seasonality
Collected from January till April, May Leave: January-April. Flowers: May-October
Locality
Karm chbat Altitude: 1673 Latitude North: N 34°28'46.7" Latitude East:E 036°16'25.3" Collector: Antoun Maacaroun Date: 4/20/2005
Habitat
Grassy meadows and arable land, especially on chalk and usually between olive trees -- Cannot grow in the shade and requires moist soil **Worldwide spread
Medical Properties
Treatment of anemia - Beneficial for diabetics - Diuretic effect - Treatment of constipation - For everything - Treatment of gallbladder problems - Treatment of kidney problems - Fortifies blood - Helps in digestion - High in Iron - High in vitamin C - High in vitamins - Increase appetite - Prevention of kidney stones - Treatment of lungs problem - Nutritious for brain neuron - Purifies blood - Revives the liver - Treatment of stomach aches - Strengthens blood - Strengthens immunity - Treats cold - Treatment of inflammations - "Eat hindbeh for 40 days , you will be cured of any disease "
Edible Portions
All parts (leaves, flowers, roots)
MOC
Raw green or yogurt salad or cooked (sautéed); roots are usually roasted and used as a coffee substitute; roots can also be boiled and used as an ingredient to soups *see recipes
Family
Asteraceae Malva
Compounds
Therapeutic Uses
recipes
chicory with kichik and onion
 
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