Chicory is a native of India and member of the daisy family. Also known as curly endive, this leafy vegetable has curly, bitter-tasting leaves that are often used as part of a salad or cooked as greens.
Roasted chicory comes from the roasted, ground roots of certain varieties of chicory. It’s used as a coffee substitute and blended with coffee to create “New Orleans” or “Creole” coffee – a popular beverage in Louisiana.
Witloof (white leaf) chicory, also known as Belgian endive, is the sprouted roots of chicory. It has pale white leaves and a cylindrical shape perfect for scooping up dips or filling for an elegant appetizer.
Selecting and Storing Chicory
Choose leaves that are brightly colored and crisp. Store unwashed greens in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.