Endive

Endive

When you hear the name “endive” you most likely think of a pale, leafy vegetable called “Belgian endive” that is often found stuffed and served as an hors d’oeuvre. In actuality, Belgian endive is not a true endive, but in fact, part of the common chicory family (along with radicchio and puntarelle). Confusion may exist because chicory and endive are both part of the chicory genus, a grouping of several other bitter-leafed vegetables.

As for true endives, two varieties are commonly grown: frisée and escarole. Frisée, also known as “curly endive,” has frilly leaves and is often found in salad mixes. Escarole has broad, sturdy, pale yellow to light green leaves that are both bitter and sweet. It makes a great addition to soups or salads. Both greens can be sautéed, grilled, or eaten raw.

In Season

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Recipes with Endive

Winter Chicory Salad

Patrick Clark, Sutro’s Restaurant at the Cliff House

Roasted Chicken Salad with Balsamic-Hoisin Dressing

Keith Hammerich, Chef Instructor, City College of San Francisco (August 23, 2008).

Articles about Endive

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July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.

July 02, 2014

Volunteer of the Month: Rafael Zuniga

Rafael’s passion for good food stems from his work with children and youth.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »