Chicory is a perennial plant native to Europe whose roots were once commonly harvested, roasted, and used to make food and drinks. In Kolkja, Estonia, the Chicory Museum tells this culinary history via artifacts from the heyday of the versatile root as well as a few offerings of chicory-based delights.
Housed in a room built in 1893 for the purpose of drying chicory, the museum hearkens back to when beverages made from its roots were popular across Europe. In Germany, a drink made from chicory was known as “Prussian coffee,” as the flavor resembled a cup of Joe. As coffee beans became more accessible, however, the consumption of the chicory plant became less common.
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