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Endive, Cichorium endiva, is part of the chicory family. Other members of this plant family include radicchio, Belgian endive, escarole, and even the blue-flowered chicory seen growing along the side of a road.
Très Fine Maraîchère endive has attractive, finely-cut, frilly leaves that grow in a similar way to many lettuces—forming a rosette of leaves. The leaves taste slightly bitter and are delicious mixed with other salad greens. It also works well in a wilted salad or as an addition to soups. Très Fine Maraîchère endive and citrus combine well for a tasty salad.
Plant your endive in a sunny spot in the garden in well-drained, fertile soil. You can grow it in a container—one about 8 inches in diameter should be big enough. Make sure your seedling and plant stay well watered, but don’t overwater. Leaves can be harvested from the outside of the plant once it’s established (don’t harvest more than half of the leaves at a time). Très Fine Maraîchère endive can withstand a light frost.
Jessica Hicks, MBA, RD, LDN, NorthShore Dietitian, shares one of her favorite ways to incorporate endive into a meal.
Tres Fine Maraichere Endiva Tuna Steak Salad (Recipes makes 2 servings)
Nutritional Information (per serving):
Calories: 340Fat: 10 gramsCarbohydrates: 32 gramsProtein: 33.6 grams