Browse common endive varieties at our Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners website.
leaved” endive varieties have heavily curled, deeply toothed leaves
that form rosettes. The leaves can hold water, making these varieties
prone to leaf diseases, especially in fall-harvested plantings.
endive varieties, called escarole, have leaves that are broader,
flatter, and only slightly crumpled, and so are not as prone to
diseases. They also form loose heads, are hardier, and are more tender
and milder tasting than curly endive.
Do not confuse these crops with Belgian endive, a member of the same genus which is grown for its roots and forced tops.
spring plantings, look for slow-bolting varieties that can withstand
the heat of early summer longer before going to seed (bolting).
Some heirloom varieties have purplish-red leaves.
Some varieties recommended for New York include:
Full Heart Bavarian
Rhodus (Tres Fine) - hybrid