Specialty Produce

Belgian Endive

Belgian endive (pronounced en-daiv)  is related to chicory. It has tender white leaves with either yellow or red-colored leaf edges — it looks like lettuce — and has a mild, bitter flavor. It makes a great addition to salads, but is also delicious cooked, which mellows the bitterness. Don’t wash or soak endives before using, it brings out the bitterness. Instead, wipe them with a moist, damp cloth, pull off the outer leaves and cut out some of the bitter, cone-shaped core. Get the recipe for roasted Belgian endive here.