Stem and leaf vegetables. The crisp endive leaves have creamy yellow and has the tips. Cylindrical shape, consisting of a succession of superposed sheets. Measure approximately 8 to 9 cm. long. Its flavor is slightly bitter. Endives must possess the following qualities: Being compact and have very closed leaves, and white with the tips of the leaves edged in yellow, pearly look.
The chicory are low in energy due to its high water content and low presence of sugars, proteins and fats. They also contain a good amount of fiber, so they are suitable food for dieting.
The chicory are vegetables that are available in the market throughout the year, but especially in the age of from autumn to early summer.
It is advisable to choose the units clean and free of bruises. They must be white, except the tips of its leaves, which present a smooth, glossy green. Copies should be sought for not showing dark green spots or those whose leaves are shriveled or limp.
Although it is advised to consume as soon as possible, once home can be kept in the refrigerator for five to seven days in a perforated plastic bag. However, they are not well tolerated vegetable freezing.