How Do You Pronounce “Endive”?

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Belgian Endive (pronounced “Ahn-Deev” is grown inside in complete darkness, unlike endive (pronounced N-Dive) which is grown in a field like lettuce.

You say tomato and I say “to-mah-to”, but both pronunciations of the word mean the same thing, right?  Not so with “endive”!   Whether you say “N-Dive” or “Ahn-Deev” makes a big difference!  Although they are both members of the chickory family,  they are completely different.

Endive and Belgian Endive

Belgian Endive (pronounced Ahn-Deev) on top and Curly Endive (pronounced N-Dive) at the bottom

If you say “N-Dive” you are talking about a curly edged green that is grown outside. It can be called curly endive, and other plants that are related to it are escarole and frisee.   If you say “Ahn -Deev” you are describing Belgian endive, with tightly packed leaves and an elongated shape that is grown indoors in complete darkness.

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Food Bloggers touring California Endive Farm (from left) Sara from My Imperfect Kitchen, Mimi Avocado, and Nancy from A Communal Table

During the International Food Bloggers Conference in Sacramento, Ca. I was thrilled to visit California Endive Farms as part of a pre-conference tour. Continue reading

Avocado and Crabmeat Endive Appetizer

avocado and crabmeat with endive

Here’s a really quick and easy appetizer for the holidays.  Use the red California endive,  cut off the core and separate the leaves.   Peel an extra large  ripe California avocado,  cut into cubes.  Add 1/2 cup canned lump crab,  and 2 tablespoons Italian salad dressing.  (I used Roasted Garlic Italian dressing.)  Put a heaping spoonful of the avocado and crabmeat on each endive leaf.  Or you can serve the avocado and crabmeat salad in a small bowl with endive leafs placed vertically around the inside of the bowl.   Pair with your favorite wine!

avocado and crabmeat endive


Thank you to California Endive Farms for sending me a big box of endive to use for my recipes.   Thank you to Rios de Chile for sending me a bottle of their beautiful Merlot.  Avocados are from our family farm website where we can ship fresh avocado direct to you, These sponsors help make Mimi Avocado possible.   I hope you try these wonderful products.


For the Holidays: Try an Endive Salad!

endive salad with pear and gorgonzola

I love trying new things, don’t you?  Now I have a new favorite salad…and it’s an endive salad!  I was asked to use some special products to create a side dish for a holiday menu, so I came up with this salad.  We actually enjoyed it on Thanksgiving weekend, and I’m definitely planning to make it again for Christmas or New Year’s!

First,  California Endive Farms sent me a big box of fresh endive in two colors.  I will be perfectly honest and admit that I have never served endive before, so I went directly to the California Endive website to learn about it.   I learned that endive is a member of the chicory family, along with radicchio, escarole, frisee, and curly endive.  I had enjoyed eating these in restaurants, but never purchased endive to serve at home.  I surely didn’t realize that endive is one of the most difficult vegetables to grow!  It is actually grown Continue reading

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