How is endive blanched

Keep sunlight from the central leaves of endive plants to reduce green color and bitterness, and improve texture and flavor. Cover plants with strong paper, wide boards, 4 mil black plastic tunnels, or gather leaves of each plant loosely together and tie just below the tips with soft string or cloth. Rot can develop if leaves are tied too tightly.

Harvest whole plants and use crisp, white inner leaves in fresh salads. Discard tough, bitter outer leaves.

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