Fill starter pots or trays with Yates Seed Raising Mix. Sow seeds, cover, firm down and water well. Keep the soil moist so the seeds don’t dry out.
While the seedlings are growing, choose a sunny spot in the garden and prepare the planting area well by digging in Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. You can also sow direct into the garden bed once the soil has been enriched with organic matter.
Related to chicory and radicchio, endive has a slightly bitter flavour that adds interest to salads or can be cooked like spinach.
Endive leaves provide a slightly bitter tang to salads.
If you are not fond of the bitterness, remove this by placing a thick layer of straw mulch or a large plastic pot over the leaves three weeks prior to harvest. This process is called blanching and will remove the bitter taste.
It is a popular addition to Mediterranean salads and dishes.