This cigar-shaped white vegetable has a crisp texture and slightly bitter flavour.

Is it good for me?

Witlof, also called endive, provides dietary fibre and contains some vitamin C and folate.

Buying and storing

Look for tightly packed leaves with fresh tips. Light can make witlof turn dark green and bitter-tasting, so store in a brown paper bag in the crisper for up to two days.


Remove damaged leaves and wipe with a damp cloth. Simply break off leaves if using in a salad. To cook, slice a thin portion off the end and leave whole.

Cooking tips

  • Serve torn leaves with other salad greens, such as spinach.
  • Fill individual leaves with dips and fillings and serve with cocktails.
  • Braise whole in white wine and serve with roasted meats.

Related article

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Good Taste – October 2006, Page 32


Tulsi Bramley

Click on the picture to Chef Ramsey Prepare a dish using Witlof / Endive.


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