What is escarole anyway? It’s actually a lot like endive – only the leaves are smaller. It’s usually sold in bunches that look a lot like a head of lettuce, with short, wide, wavy-edged leaves. Like endive, it’s a member of the chicory family and it has crunchy leaves with a slightly bitter taste. According to Bon Appetit – you cannot make Italian Wedding Soup without escarole!
- Escarole provides an:
- Excellent source of vitamin K
- Good source of folate
- Vitamin A
Escarole can be sold as a whole head in bulk. Product destined for this use is hand-harvested and packed into cartons in the field. But it is more commonly sold 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. Escarole takes from 85 to 100 days to grow from seed to maturity.
Escarole is a perfect addition to soups because it’s tender enough to cook quickly and adds just enough flavor without overpowering