Frisse endive is known for its mild nutty flavor. These are frilly, fine cut leaves, which uplift the charm of your kitchen garden. It is edible and considered to be a great ingredient for salads. It takes 35 to 60 days for maturity. These ornamental leaves are sweet in taste. Its leaves are paler in the interior and resembles lettuce at the head. These hardy biennials belong to the chicory family. Harvested in winter season, these are grown in the same manner as lettuce. These can also be consumed as baby leaves. It achieves the height of about 8 to 10 inches and spreads about 6 inches in diameter.
A close relative of dandelion family, this plant is well suited for small gardens. The botanical name of this plant is cichorium endiva. It is said to be developed from a commonly found, wild plant in Europe.
It is an excellent salad and garnishing ingredient. You can use it for garnishing meat and vegetables. Its sweet and nutty flavor makes it a great ingredient for salads. In addition, if it is exposed to slight frost, it becomes tastier. Not only this, but growing it in your backyard will also make the space look adorned with this beautiful plant.
Benefits & Features
Add fiber content to your salad by adding these leaves, as this plant is rich in iron, potassium, beta carotene, folic acid, vitamin A and vitamin B complex. It helps in detoxifying your skin and helps you do away with acne problems. It also promotes secretion of bile. Its zero calorie content helps you maintain your weight. It also helps in relieving constipation and strengthens the immune system.