Chicory Root Storage & DROPs: Maximizing Root Health for Human Consumption
Known for its incredible benefits of dietary fiber, chicory root brings numerous health benefits to humans. Storage plays a considerable role in overall root health before it's prepared for consumption.
Blue Prairie Brands is a leading provider of chicory root flour, which is produced from whole chicory roots. It's a mild-tasting flour that contains inulin, which brings numerous health benefits and fiber. This fiber enhances the “good bacteria” for gut health, making it an important element to nearly anyone's diet.
Based in the US, Blue Prairie Brands needed a way to properly store chicory root after harvesting. With the help of Kestrel weather meters, ideal storage conditions were put in place to ensure optimal root health.
"I had the opportunity to collect temperature and relative humidity data for Blue Prairie Brands, Inc.; a company directly involved with commercial chicory root storage. With the D2 DROP sensors, I am able precisely measure real time conditions in the root pile, and monitor how root health is impacted by the controlled environmental conditions."
-Blue Prairie Brands
Harvesting the Chicory Root
Chicory root comes from a plant within the dandelion family. This bluish flower is found throughout the United States, most commonly found on roadsides. The root extracted from the long taproot for usage in cooking, medicine, and even coffee.
Chicory is best harvested late in the season. There can be an increase in the size and weight of roots during cool weather.
Once the chicory is harvest, all stems and matter need to be removed from the root. From there, the root is ready to ground up, cube, or leave whole to preserve.
How Does Climate Affect Chicory Root Storage?
When it comes to storing the root, several factors come into consideration to keep it healthy and ready for consumption.
Ideal storage conditions ensure that the roof does not experience an array of issues, including disease, mold or mildew, and rot.
Depending on the use intended for chicory root, methods on how to store chicory root will vary. Chicory root can be frozen or stored outside in large piles within ventilated areas. It can also be stored using methods that are similar to potato storage.
This chart provided by Cargo Handbook displays ideal conditions to maintain the freshness of the root:
Kestrel is an ideal device for monitoring chicory root storage conditions, including temperature monitoring. As one of the most accurate temperature and weather tracking devices on the market, this instrument keeps the roots healthy until ready for use.
Furthermore, Kestrel's data logging gives you a clear overview of how the root's health is impacted in terms of temperature and other environmental conditions. The data can be exported via Bluetooth for you to review trends and temperature variations, aligning them with the success of your chicory root storage.
When you need accurate reporting for temperature and other elements for chicory roots, as well as other plants, choose Kestrel Weather Meters. Our extensive selection of meters, including the Kestrel DROP Dataloggers, can promote maximum health for plants of all types.