Like chicory, endives benefit from blanching to reduce bitterness. If you're prepared to do this, you can have endive on your plate from August to April by sowing (at 3-4 week intervals) the summer 'frisee' or frilly varities in summer and the broad-leaved varieties in autumn and winter. Endives need a rich soil, preferably manured for a previous crop. The summer varieties need full sun but the autumn/winter varieties benefit from light shade to prevent bolting.
|pH||5.5 - 7.5|