Belgian endives are torpedo-shaped vegetable that is a relative of the chicory family. These vegetables have a flavor that is similar to raddichio with a hint of romaine lettuce: mildly earthy, fresh, and a little bitter. Belgian endives have a crunchy texture when eaten raw and becomes deeply earthy and savory when cooked properly. These vegetables are excellent cooked in a variety of ways: raw, roasted, braised, or sautéed.
Uses: The individual leaves of endives can be used raw as an edible spoon for appetizers. Roast endives that have been halved until deep caramelized and pair with nuts and cheese for a delicious side.