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Cichorium endivia 'Moss Curled'


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Endive has a slightly bitter taste and is often blanched to make it sweeter. It is used in Europe, where it is shredded and added to salads or cooked. It is a cool-season salad vegetable as high temperatures increase the bitter taste. Sow seeds outdoors from April to July to use in autumn and winter. For blanching, choose nearly mature leaves and cover with a pot or plate to exclude light.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Cichorium

Species: endivia

Cultivar: Moss Curled

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Dark green

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: April to July

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