Endive / Escarole
History and Facts:
Endive / escarole is native to the East Indies. The plant was brought to America by Colonists. Escarole is another name for a type of endive with broad leaves and a well-balanced heart. The word "endive" is reserved to designate plants with narrow, finely divided curly leaves. Florida escarole and endive are produced mainly in two areas of muck soils -- the Central area northeast of Lake Apopka and the Everglades area south of Lake Okeechobee.
Endive is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and iron.
Endive/escarole is not held for long periods of time. For brief storage, a temperature of 32 degrees fahrenheit with a relative humidity between 90 and 95 percent is recommended.
October through July