5 years ago

The amazing benefits of endive

Endive, a member of the chicory family, has a crisp texture and a sweet, nutty flavor with a pleasantly mild bitterness. It’s available year-round and great served raw or cooked. Often people use endive as a healthy substitute for chips and crackers.

Other benefits of endive:

  • Only one calorie per leaf
  • Healthy source of vitamins and minerals
  • Good source of potassium
  • High in complex fibers
  • Promotes digestive health
  • According to some studies, one cup of raw endive per week may reduce the risk of ovarian cancer by up to 75%

Also interesting: Endive is one of the most difficult vegetables in the world to grow, requiring a two-step growing process before it’s ready to be enjoyed. The first growth takes about 150 days in the field, where the chicory grows from seed into a leafy green plant with a deep tap root. At harvest, tops of the leafy chicory plant are cut off and the roots are dug up and placed in cold storage, where they enter a dormancy period. As demand necessitates, roots are removed from cold storage for their second growth, which takes 28 days in dark, cool, humid forcing rooms, similar to a mushroom growing facility.

Look for endive in the produce department.

Source:

California Endive Farms