Endive 'Géante Maraîchère Avance' - SeedCichorium endivia 'Géante Maraîchère Avance'
This endive can be eaten both raw and cooked!
Endive 'Géante Maraîchère Avance' (Cichorium endivia) is a robust, fast-growing, fairly broad-leaved endive! Sow in spring or autumn. Delicious raw in a salad - just as tasty when cooked.Show more
Show moreEndive seed needs no prior treatment. Try planting a new row every 3 weeks or so - then you will always have some fresh endive to hand.
How to SowSow indoors, March-April.
Sow in the garden, April-August.
There are 2 ways to sow your seeds:
- In the garden, preferably in full sun, from mid-April through August. Loosen the soil with a fork to at least 30 cm and draw a straight furrow, 1 cm deep. Label the row and sow the seed as thinly as possible (mixed with some dry sand) between thumb and forefinger along the row. Cover with 1 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Extra rows and 30 cm apart. Mature endive can tolerate quite a bit of frost but if it is forecast to be below minus 5 degrees centigrade then do use some garden fleece to protect your plants.
- Indoors (cold-frame) from early spring. Fill the trays with fine seeding compost and sow the seeds evenly over the soil (mix the seed with fine sand, makes it easier to sow thinly). Cover with a max. 1 cm soil, press lightly down and sprinkle with water. Cover with a sheet of glass (lid) and stand in the cold-frame. Remove the glass once the sprouts are showing.
Show moreEndives will not tolerate drought - the leaves will soon show stress along the edges. Although the green is then still edible, it is best to avoid this by keeping the soil evenly moist.
Keep the bed weed-free and your endives will thrive.
Try to avoid the endives bolting - forming a flower stem. You will notice it growing taller all of a sudden and it will eventually flower. It is still edible but somewhat more bitter. Best is to harvest your endive before this occurs.
HarvestingEndives form heads that can be cut just above ground level - or you can flip them up, root and all, with the garden fork. It will actually keep longer in the fridge with the roots on.
Show moreThere are many different varieties of endive nowadays. Some are earlies, others mid-season and others are lates. There are even some that can be grown the whole year through. It all depends on how susceptible to bolting each one is. If you sow an early variety in the summer, it will likely bold immediately, and we don't want that.
Chicorium endivia 'Géante Maraîchère Avance' is a variety suitable for summer and autumn cultivation.
Endive belongs in the Asteraceae (or Compositae) family and is related to chicory and lettuce.
How to useLoose cut endive leaves will really only keep for 24 hours, even packed and cooled in the refrigerator. A full head will keep for almost a week - longer if it has the roots on.
Endive can be eaten raw or cooked. Make a mash with it... delicious with bacon and cheese too! Blanched or boiled, endive with meat and potatoes is a staple. All endive varieties are great in a salad - endive has a slightly bitter taste.
Once chopped, it should be eaten the same day but if you have prepared too much it will keep a little while in the fridge in a storage box.