Belgian endive


: the developing crown of chicory when blanched for use as a vegetable or in salads by growing in darkness or semidarkness

called also endive, witloof

Examples of Belgian endive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Parmesan cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup), divided Crackers and Belgian endive leaves, for serving Directions Prepare oven and baking dish: Preheat oven to 350°F. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 30 Dec. 2023 While chicory is also cultivated in the form of Belgian endive (the blanched, milky yellow root first harvested in Brussels in the 19th century) and puntarelle (spiny stalks famously beloved by Romans), radicchio is by far its most dramatic incarnation. Zoey Poll Kyoko Hamada, New York Times, 18 Oct. 2023 For this menu, curly endive, also known as frisée, fits the bill nicely, alone or in combination with its colorful cousins, Belgian endive, Chioggia, Treviso or speckled Castelfranco radicchio. David Tanis, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2022 Radicchio, moving beyond its beauty and onto its identity, is a leafy chicory (as is pale Belgian endive and spiky, beguiling Catalonian puntarelle) and, fun fact to squirrel away for a future trivia game, a member of the Asteraceae family (a.k.a. the sunflower/daisy/aster family). Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, 1 Nov. 2021 Crisp and pleasantly bitter, elegant ovals of Belgian endive are the perfect vessel for a herby goat-cheese filling. Beth Segal, cleveland, 16 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Belgian endive was in 1894

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“Belgian endive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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