The photographs show common chicory and large nasturtium.

Common chicory – Cichorium intybus L. The ancient Greeks and Romans used chicory leaves (endive) to prepare spicy salads. In 1600, in Prussia, chicory root is used to make a substitute for coffee. In Russia, chicory was used as a medicinal plant in the 17th century, as a salad in the 18th century, and later as a coffee substitute.

Large nasturtium – Tropaeolum majus L. The name of the plant comes from the Latin word ‘trophae’ – trophy, by the helmet-shaped flower and thyroid leaves. Nasturtium is used in cooking. Salads are made from young leaves and flowers. Flower buds and green fruits are pickled or salted, used as a substitute for capers.

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