Liven up Your Salads and Entrees with Healthy California Endive

Author: Kara Mae Adamo.

Cultivating endive for medicinal purposes dates back to the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans (approximately 5,000 years ago). It was thought to help with digestion and was used as a salad vegetable. It was first cultivated on accident in Belgium in the late 1830’s when a farmer forgot his chicory roots in a cellar. When he found them, he discovered that they had sprouted yellow leaves and grown plump. When he tasted them, he realized that they had a delicious flavor and he began to cultivate them on purpose.

Made up of 90% water, Endive is a refreshing, hydrating vegetable that is as healthy as it is tasty. Delightfully whimsical, the curly appearance of California Endive will liven up your salad, offering a crunchy bitter taste that pairs well with romaine lettuce and spinach. The leaves go well in appetizers. Serve them with a dip or fill them with blue cheese cream or crab salad. You can also fill endives with avocado mousse (a puree of avocado, lemon zest, tarragon, salt and pepper). It goes well with meat and fish and can be served with melted butter, apples, nuts, and ginger. It can also be braised or boiled, served in hors d’oeuvres or juiced. In New Orleans, they even roast it and serve it in coffee.

The health benefits eating of Endive are extensive. Aside from its lively appearance and unique taste, this unique, sophisticated vegetable is a nutritional power-house. A natural remedy for asthmatic conditions and skin conditions like acne, Endive works wonders in any weight-loss program. Each single-calorie leaf is filled with calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, folate, fiber and magnesium and vitamins C and B. Endive is also chock-full of fiber, and so it goes well in all-natural cleansers for your gall bladder and your liver. It helps in regulating glucose levels, balances your digestive tract and tempers anemia when mixed with celery and parsley. Endive can also prevent the absorption of cholesterol into your blood stream, reducing your risk of heart diseases and certain cancers.

Most surprising, however, is the positive effect Endive can have on the optic system. Bursting with beta-carotene (which is an important antioxidant that boosts your immune system); endive juice can improve and sometimes even reverse degenerating eye problems such as macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma. By drinking just 6 oz of endive juice a day (along with the juice from carrots, parsley and spinach interchangeably), you can notice a significant difference in your condition within as little as a month without costly invasive eye surgeries.

Healthy and delicious, California Endive is the wonderful option for those looking for a fresh take on the redundant lettuce-onion-and-tomato salad. Delightfully curly with a fresh, uniquely bitter flavor, endive will liven up your salads, hors d’oeuvres, entrees and side dishes.  Endive’s whimsical appearance adds a colorful finishing touch to any dinner presentation and brings with it a refreshingly sophisticated flavor that is unique and delicious.

California Endive
15 Poppy House Road
Rio Vista, California 94571
Phone 707-374-2111
Fax 707-374-2063


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