This leafy green can be a bit confusing because it goes by a number of names (depending on variety) including chicory, frisée (pronounced free-ZAY) and curly endive. Even more confusing, it’s not the same thing as another kind of endive – more accurately Belgian endive (pronounced on-DEEV), which has cylindrical shaped leaves. Instead, this endive is rather shaggy and bushy with pale yellow leaves. It can have a slightly bitter flavor but is milder than the other members of this chicory family.
- Endive provides an:
- Excellent source of vitamin K
- Good source of folate
- Vitamin A
Curly endive can be sold as a whole head in bulk. Product destined for this use is hand-harvested and packed into cartons in the field. It is also often used as part of a salad mix. For this purpose, it is mechanically harvested or mowed as a baby, packed into totes and shipped to a processing facility for packaging with other leafy greens. Endive takes from 85 to 100 days to grow from seed to maturity.
Endive is the perfect accent to any salad