Belgian Endive


  • 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.


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