Broadleaf Batavian Endive Seed
Todd's Seeds is excited to offer the Broadleaf Batavian Endive Seed, a distinguished variety known for its versatile and flavorful leaves. Broadleaf Batavian Endive, also known as Escarole, is a leafy green vegetable that produces large, broad leaves with a slightly bitter and nutty flavor. This endive variety is highly prized in culinary circles for its texture and taste, which can enhance a variety of dishes, from salads to soups. It's also a resilient plant, tolerant of both heat and mild cold, making it an excellent choice for gardeners in a range of climates.
- **Sowing Time:** Ideal for sowing in early spring or late summer for a fall harvest.
- **Soil Requirements:** Prefers well-drained, fertile soil with a pH of 6.0-7.0.
- **Planting Depth:** Sow seeds ¼ inch deep.
- **Spacing:** Space seeds or plants 12-18 inches apart in rows 18-24 inches apart.
- **Germination:** Usually occurs within 5-7 days at temperatures of 60-70°F.
**Growth and Care**
- **Watering:** Maintain consistent moisture for best growth.
- **Sunlight:** Full sun to partial shade.
- **Fertilizing:** A balanced fertilizer can be applied for optimal leaf development.
- **Harvesting:** Harvest leaves when they reach the desired size, usually 30-50 days after planting.
Broadleaf Batavian Endive offers numerous health benefits:
- **Nutrient-Rich:** High in vitamins A, K, and C, as well as fiber and minerals.
- **Antioxidant Properties:** Contains compounds that help combat oxidative stress.
- **Digestive Health:** The fiber content aids in digestion.
- **Low in Calories:** An excellent addition to a health-conscious diet.
Broadleaf Batavian Endive is versatile in the kitchen:
- **Salads:** Adds a distinct flavor and texture to green salads.
- **Cooking:** Can be sautéed, braised, or added to soups and stews.
- **Grilling:** The leaves can be grilled for a smoky, charred flavor.
- **Wraps and Sandwiches:** Use the large leaves as a healthy wrap or sandwich filling.
**Simple Recipe: Braised Broadleaf Batavian Endive**
A delicious and easy way to enjoy the unique taste of Broadleaf Batavian Endive.
- Broadleaf Batavian Endive leaves, cleaned and chopped
- Garlic, minced
- Olive oil
- Chicken or vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Lemon juice for a zesty finish
1. In a large pan, sauté garlic in olive oil until fragrant.
2. Add the endive leaves and cook until they start to wilt.
3. Pour in broth, cover, and simmer until the leaves are tender.
4. Season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice.
5. Serve as a flavorful side dish.
The Broadleaf Batavian Endive Seed from Todd's Seeds is an excellent choice for gardeners and chefs who appreciate a leafy green that offers both a unique flavor profile and nutritional benefits. Its adaptability and culinary versatility make it a desirable addition to any garden or kitchen.
1 Packet: 2g
1 Gram ~ 900 seeds
1 Pound ~ 85,000 seeds