Variety: Belgian Endive

Variety Overview

Belgian endive is related to chicory and is a head of white leaves with yellow tips. There is also a red variety with red-tipped leaves. It has a mild, bitter flavor. It is popular in soups and salads. It is also called witloof and chicon. Belgian endive is available year-round, with peak season in the summer months.


  • Endive/Escarole
  • Salad Vegetables
  • Long, tight heads of sturdy white leaves than turn bright green to yellow toward the tips

  • Mild and bitter

  • About 4-6 inches long

  • White, turning yellow to bright green at the tips

  • Cigar-shaped heads

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  • Year-round, peaking in summer

  • Photo courtesy Frieda's Inc.

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