Information about Endive
Ingredient - Belgium
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(Cichorum intybus) is a member of the Asteraceae (sunflower) family. Endive
belongs to the same family as Chicory, however true chicory is a root vegetable
used not only for its roots which are ground to make a coffee supplement, but
also for its green leafy tops. Other varieties are grown as Belgian Endive, also
known as French endive or Witloof Chicory.
Endive was accidentally discovered
by a Belgian farmer, Jan Lammers, in 1830. Upon returning from war he
found his stored chicory, which he'd previously grown and used for coffee had
sprouted white leaves.
quality endives are a creamy white with a yellowy green tinge to the leaf edges.
When selecting, choose crisp, firm, tightly pack heads no longer than 15cm/6
inches. Store in the refrigerator wrapped in kitchen paper and placed in a
plastic bag as they quickly turn green when exposed to light and become quite
can be used raw in salads or cooked in a variety of ways including stuffed,
baked, boiled, steamed or fried. Below is an example of a traditional Belgian
recipe using endive however you can find a few Endive recipes on the
Belgium Cooking by Country main page or use the Search Page to find them all.
Belgian Endive Veg HT
ACC Belgian 35mins
Serves 4 Hot Vegetarian
Vegetables Accompaniment Gluten Wheat Free Eggless Belgium Europe
heads of Belgian Endive, cored
tbsp Lemon Juice
Heat the butter in a frying pan, add the endives and sauté to lightly brown on
cover the pan, and simmer very gently for 25 minutes, adding a little
water if necessary.
immediately with meat, poultry, or game.