a 'happy liver' weed
Found you just last week when on a coastal Maine island, where my garden hosts herbs both wild (e.g. plaintains, coltsfoot, yarrow, wintergreen, mugwort, comfrey et aliae) and cultivated (common culinary and others); now back home with various collections of culinary and medicinal in the gardens. I used my herbs medicinally (as well as in cooking, wine-making) 25 years ago; now retired, am back to re-establishing what had gone missing during the intervening 25 years. Just delighted to find you with your offering of phytochemical info! Had lately been reading PubMed papers on new investigations into medicinal usage of plants. Your writing is of such value that I would be happy to support financially. Never before made that offer on a first/second-time read!
Thanks weedom! Chicory is one of those wild herbs that occurs (introduced) in Oz but hasnt yet been found by the Bush Food forager. Ive been on holiday recently so I'll have some new material for your reading pleasure soon (so many Scaevolas!)
The only other plant that i noticed looks similar is false hawksbit (Crepis japonica etc). Its the only regular edible weed I recognise up here in tropical north Australia where I'm kicking my feet back in a Hilton on the Great Barrier Reef :) Theres not even Sonchus or Bidens up (down?!) here!
I may also have eaten too many sea almonds, but when they grow on every beach who can resist?
I'm not growing it yet but the chopped root is easy enough to buy and low cost.
Chicory: Understanding the Effects and Effectors of This Functional Food
...4.1. The Anti-Cancer Effect of the Chicory Roots as Observed in an In Vivo Murine and In Vitro Human Cell Models
A chicory supplemented diet triggered the deregulation of nine genes involved in cell proliferation and apoptosis (Figure 1). In addition, this diet induced an apoptotic effect in HepG2 cells in vitro (Figure 6 and Figure 7).