Endive is widely grown and eaten in Europe as the average person there eats 10 whole endives a year. On June 22nd I attended the Endive Gala held at ORU in the Fairmont Pacific Rim in Vancouver, here I learned a whole lot about Endive. In Canada there is only one farm that grows Endive for all of Western Canada and Canadians only consume 6 Endive leaves per year.
There was a variety of Endive inspired food that was created by Chef David Wong and drink served during the gala tasting, I tasted almost all the appetizers and came away with these favourites: Endive Salad, Kobe Beef Sliders with Endive, Diver Down Cocktail Endive inspired martini and the Endive Tartarin for dessert.
I expect Endive awarness to increase over the coming year as everyone learns more and more about this vegetable, more info can be had at www.endive.ca
By: Richard Wolak