Endive is a nutritious leafy green that comes from the chicory plant family. It’s used in many dishes, mainly salads (like this endive watercress salad). It can be roasted, grilled or braised to create a hearty texture and tart, buttery flavor.
Endive grows best in full sun. It can tolerate only 2- to 3-hours of sun a day and still produce an edible plant, but the heads won’t be as well formed. It needs a well-drained, moist soil. If growing on heavy soils, consider planting on an 8-inch tall and 3-foot wide, raised bed.