Did you know that the average Canadian only eats 6 endive leaves per year (yes, leaves)? In comparison, in Europe, the average person will eat approximately 10 whole endives over the same time period. There are both a yellow and red variety available, and once they turn green, it’s advised to not eat them anymore as they have gone off. Who knew?
These are some of the many facts that I learned while at the Endive Gala last night at the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Oru Restaurant, with Celebrity Chef Ned Bell.
There was a variety of food prepared with endive (also known as witloof) by Oru’s David Wong, including duck, kobe sliders and ice cream to name just a few. Oru’s mixologist even created a signature endive martini!
I have definitely found all sorts of new uses for this unique Belgian vegetable, grown locally in Western Canada by Van Eekelen Enterprises.
Along with our tastings, there were several VQA wines available from Chandra Estates.
So if you haven’t tried any yet (or even if you have and would like to find out more), check out Ned Bell and his online cooking videos, recipes, and everything endive at Endive.ca.
BC Belgian Endive is available at several retailers, including Save on Foods, Price Smart, Thrifty Foods, IGA Marketplace, Choices and Urban Fare.