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Endive FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Endive


When people first hear about BC Belgian Endive, they usually have a lot of questions. Rather than the usual response of “Woah! Slow down with the questions, turbo.” we decided to create the Endive FAQ. Ask away…

What is BC Belgian Endive?
What does it taste like?
Is endive healthy?
What do I eat endive with?
Is endive grown in the dark?
How do I store endive?
How do I make it?
Where can I get it?

What is BC Belgian Endive?

A:        Endive is a delicious vegetable grown locally and sustainably here in Abbotsford. It’s grown from chicory roots and is the perfect complement to any dish.
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What does it taste like?

A:        Endive is a tangy vegetable with a bitter-sweet aftertaste.
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Is endive healthy?

A:        Yes. Endive is rich in vitamins and minerals, especially folate, vitamins A and K, and is also high in fiber. Endive is also low in sodium.
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What do I eat endive with?

A:        Endive can be enjoyed in many ways. As a snack substitute for crackers, as a spoon for dips or other hors d’ourves, in soup, grilled or as a tangy kick to your favourite salad.
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Is endive grown in the dark?

A:        You bet. That’s why the leaves are yellow. When endive is exposed to light, the leaves turn green and typically form a more bitter taste.
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How do I store endive?

A:        Cover or wrap endive in a damp paper towel, to keep the leaves tightly bunched and store it in a cool, dark place.
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How do I make it?

A:        Endive prep is simple and involves very little waste. Just cut the root end off, separate the leaves and you’re ready for whichever application you want.
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Where can I get it?

A:        BC Belgian Endive can be purchased at your local Safeway, Save-on-Foods, Thrifty’s, Marketplace IGA, PriceSmart Foods, Overwaitea, Real Canadian Superstore and Urban Fare. Click here to find a store near you.
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