Vegetable Profile: Frisee (Chicorium endiva)
Frisee is a type of chicory, which hails from the Aster family of dandelion and lettuce. It grows wild in Europe, Asia, and North America. Its signature bitter leaves have been used in salad and in medicine for thousands of years. Cultivated frisee is the tamest of all chickories, offered as a seasonal green with tender, moist, and crunchy leaves.
Frisee is cooling to the body. It supports healthy circulation and blood production. It tonifies the gall bladder, liver, and skin. Its bitter taste comes from intybin, a metabolic stimulate that encourages bile production and aids digestion. It also contains inulin, which helps regulate blood sugar. Frisee is also a good source of calcium and potassium.
Store like lettuce: in a water-proof container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Excellent in fresh salad, or lightly braised.
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