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With its characteristic bitter taste, chicory was used since the Napoleonic era where the root was used as a substitute for coffee. Today it is grown in the fields of the Piana del Sele, still tender, stewed and preserved in oil seasoned with garlic and chilli in order to make it ready to be tasted. It is a very common but often underestimated plant. Rich in vitamins with important diuretic and purifying functions, it stimulates the proper functioning of the pancreas and liver and is a panacea for digestion. In the kitchen it is used as a side dish sautéed in a pan, to fill rustic cakes and we also offer it as an ingredient to season pizza.