from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See endive.
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- n. endive
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A variety of chicory with large roots, and forming a close head of leaves like that of a Cos lettuce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. young broad-leaved endive plant deprived of light to form a narrow whitish head
- n. widely cultivated herb with leaves valued as salad green; either curly serrated leaves or broad flat ones that are usually blanched
And popular “Belgian endive,” also known as witloof “white-head”, is a double-grown, slightly bitter version of an otherwise very bitter chicory.
Stuffed Belgian endive for the Americans! she had shouted, and witloof chicory salad for the Europeans!
Belgian “endive,” witloof: tight elongated head of blanched crisp leaves
You can also plug small spaces with Florence fennel and witloof chicory.
A simple salad of bitter witloof and strips of crunchy apple cleansed the palate and made way for the delicate elderflower jelly.
Kitchen note: You can use other bittersweet endives - choose from witloof chicory, chicoria, puntarelle, frisee . . .