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How to Grow Endive

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Endive, a type of chicory salad green found within the daisy family, is known for its narrow, curly-edged leaves and slightly bitter taste
  • Endive, similar to its close cousin escarole, is an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C and K, as well as calcium, copper, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc
  • A good source of fiber, endive also contains kaempferol, a flavonoid shown to reduce your risk of ovarian cancer
  • Endive thrives in the cool weather of spring or fall, and you can easily grow it from seeds or transplants

While they look deceptively similar to lettuce, with one bite you will realize endive tastes slightly bitter. Despite there being a fair amount of confusion in terms of distinguishing endive from other members of the chicory family, it is characterized by a large rosette with narrow, curly-edged, light-green center leaves surrounded by dark-green outer leaves.


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