Endive –which is sometimes simply called chicory–is a loose-headed plant. The leaves are light-green in the center graduating to dark-green on the outer leaves. The inner leaves are mild tasting and the outside leaves are slightly bitter.
Endive can have a bit of a prickly texture. It turns somewhat more tough and bitter as the weather warms.
HOW TO STORE ENDIVE
Endive will keep tightly wrapped in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
HOW TO PREPARE ENDIVE
Wash and remove wilted leaves before using; cut out the core; remove the leaves by hand and tear or break them up.
CURLY ENDIVE AND ESCAROLE SERVING SUGGESTIONS
Endive can be served raw with a vinaigrette that is flavored with shallots, mustard, or garlic. It is often used in conjunction with other greens, tossed in a salad. If the leaves are at all tough or bitter, it is best to serve cooked in soups or vegetable ragouts.
CURLY ENDIVE AND ESCAROLE NUTRITION
Endive is rich in vitamin A, and also vitamins B and C. It also contains calcium, phosphorus, and iron.