- When shopping for Belgian Endive, look for crisp, tightly packed heads with pale, yellow-green or pink tips. If it’s completely green, don’t buy it.
- Increases in bitterness the longer it’s stored.
- Wrap in a damp paper towel, inside an unsealed plastic bag. It can last 2 – 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
- Belgian Endive, because of the way it’s grown, doesn’t need to be washed. Wiping the outside with a paper towel is completely adequate.
- You may want to trim any outside misshapen leaves depending on the type of dish you’re preparing.
- Belgian Endive can be eaten raw or be roasted, sautéed, grilled or braised. Cooking reduces the slight bitterness typically associated with endive. Eating it raw has additional health benefits.