Frizzled endive "De Meaux" (Cichorium endivia) is an annual plant that is related to endive, although it looks more like lettuce. It develops large rosettes of loosely gathered leaves that do not form heads. Dark green leaves have dentate, frizzled and ragged leaves. Young leaves are white in the middle part of the rosette. Endive contains much more nutrients than lettuce. It is rich in minerals and vitamins, such as A, B1, B2 and C. Leaves of the "De Meaux" frizzled endive have a bitter taste that may be eliminated by blanching them. Endive leaves constitute an interesting addition to lettuce mixes, but you may also serve them warm - cooked, blanched or steamed.
The "De Meaux" variety is intended for cultivation from spring to autumn. It may be grown from seedlings or direct sow onto the field in April. Prepare seedlings for the spring harvest by sowing seeds in February, and for autumn harvest at the end of July. Transplant seedlings after 4 - 8 weeks. You will be able to harvest leaf rosettes circa 90 - 110 days after the sow. Two weeks before the planned harvest you should blanch the plants. Tie the leaves with a string or cover with soil. That way they will be tender and devoid of bitterness at the time of harvest. Endive requires sunny sites with fertile, permeable and constantly moist soils.
Each package contains 0.5 g of frizzled endive "De Meaux" seeds. The package information contains a growing guide and the sow-by date.
- Weight: 0.5 g
- Use: direct consumption - raw or cooked
- Harvest time: 90 - 110 days after the sow
- Growth form: loose rosettes
- Vegetation form: annual
- Foliage: dark green, dentate, frizzled leaves
- Site: sunny; fertile, permeable, constantly moist soil