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Broad-Leaved Batavian Endive-Southern Exposure Seeds
(Full Heart Escarole) 90 days. [1934. AAS winner.] Large, dark-green outer leaves enclose round, 12-16" heads which are well-blanched, creamy-white, and buttery. Pkt (1g)HISTORY: Endive is a native to the East Indies and it has a long history of culture in Egypt and Greece where it is used as a salad herb. Endive is grown like lettuce and is senstive to hot weather. Thin plants to 8-12" apart in rows 18" apart. May be blanched in 3 weeks by tying up the outer wrapper leaves, but must remain dry inside the wrapper. Blanching increases crispness, tenderness, and removes bitterness caused by hot weather. For prolonged harvest, dig plants in late fall with root ball intact and store at about 50°F in a root cellar.