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About endive

Endive is a chicory plant, a member of the dandelion family, and makes a nutritional and flavorful substitute for the more familiar leafy greens like Romaine, arugula, or spinach. Endive is a somewhat bitter leafy green vegetable. Many people aren't familiar with endives and aren't sure how to buy them or use them. Endives can add variety and punch to your salads and meals, along with providing several other nutritional benefits. 

Endive is one of the most challenging vegetables to grow. It has a two-stage growing process, and the first stage takes around 150 days to grow from seed to a leafy green chicory plant. The leaves are trimmed, and the roots are dug up and placed in a cold storage facility, where the plants become dormant. When ready for production, they are placed in dark, cool, humid rooms for a 28-day growth period. This cold storage technique allows year-round endive production. 

Endive is high in nutrients and low in calories, and its distinctive flavor makes it a nutritious substitute for other greens in salads. The leaves are rich in vitamins and minerals and high in fiber, supplying almost a gram of fiber per 1/2-cup serving. Brimming with antioxidants and low in sugar, sodium, and fat, endive promotes weight loss and aids digestion. Additional health benefits include increased bone strength and enhanced liver function.

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FAQs About Endive

Endive can be enjoyed either raw or cooked. 

Endive is popular in salads since its crisp, slightly bitter flavor adds a nice contrasting flavor. Substitute endive for other leafy greens such as spinach or arugula in salads adds zest and nutritional value. Simply slice it into strips and combine it with any of your favorite salad ingredients. 

In addition to salads, endive is also frequently used in appetizers and entrees. It can also be roasted, grilled, or braised, giving a sweet, nutty flavor to the leaves. The large Belgian endive leaves can be stuffed with dip or creamy cheese and substituted for crackers or used in other appetizers. You can also add endive to soups, stews, and stir-fry for additional flavor.

Store endive in a cold, moist place. Wrap the leaves or the endive head in a paper towel, place it in a perforated plastic bag, and store it in the vegetable crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Endive will last for up to two weeks when properly stored. When using endive, rinse it in cold water immediately before use. Revive wilted leaves with a soak in a cold water bath.
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