How to Buy, Store, and Cook Chicory, In Season in September

August 31, 2015

Endive, frisée, radicchio, escarole… there are many varieties of chicory, which are leafy greens that look similar to lettuce, but have a much more bitter flavor. Unlike lettuce, which reaches its prime in summer, chicory really gets cranking in the fall. The heads of chicory mature best in cool conditions. Not sure if you’re buying lettuce or chicory? Chicories have a bitter, medicinal taste, and are much stronger and more aggressive than head lettuce.

How to Buy
As with lettuce, look for tight, well-formed heads. Avoid any that have “bolted,” or sprung shoots out the top. The leaves should be…