Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a locally grown crop that is at the core of local gastronomy. Well anchored in traditional diet, it was previously used as a coffee substitute. It can also be eaten in a salad or broiled and later drunk as an infusion.

Chicory root is the primary source of inulin, or chicory root fibre. For the most part, chicory root is composed of water, pulp and insoluble sugars. It contains about 16% inulin. Inulin extracted from chicory root is a soluble dietary fibre found in more than 36,000 fruits and plants such as bananas, garlic and wheat. However, the highest concentration of inulin can be found in chicory root. Naturally sourced, chicory root fibre can be used in food processing and has many beneficial effects on nutrition and health.

A success story

In 1986, COSUCRA pioneered a world first production process: the extraction of inulin from chicory root. A raw material that, in the early days, was a simple substitute to traditional sugar then became a much more widespread and versatile ingredient, used for its positive effects on nutrition and health. This root has thus become both an exceptional and a prized ingredient in food production! Today, COSUCRA offers the benefits of chicory root all over the world. In fact, it can be found in many food products marketed worldwide.

A gentle water extraction process

Inulin is extracted from chicory root through a gentle hot water diffusion process, similar to the process used to extract sugar from beets. The first step consists in obtaining a liquid concentrate from the chicory root. This juice will then be refined into fibre in liquid or powder form.

And then there was CHICOLINE

Very early on, COSUCRA understood the importance of growing different varieties suitable for the production of chicory root fibre. This is why, in the late 1980s, COSUCRA decided to set up its CHICOLINE division, dedicated to the selection of the best varieties of chicory in order to meet the sector’s varying needs.

The mission of CHICOLINE? Select the right chicory seeds quality based on the sector. Having become the world leader in chicory seeds, CHICOLINE offers an extensive selection as well as a full range of varieties and innovative solutions that meet the needs of both growers and the sector. Thanks to innovative, responsible and sustainable practices, CHICOLINE is now selecting the chicory varieties of tomorrow.

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