Endive (or Chicorée) is a strange thing: a bitter, cabbage like vegetable you don't cook in a saucepan (unless I am completely wrong). Growing it is strange too: according to the packet I have to grow it until October/November, dig it up, cut of its bottom and top, stick it in a box and grow for another 6 months in the dark(ish)
Growing instructions for chicoréeIf I had read the instructions before buying the seeds I might not have bought them. This seems a really weird way of growing stuff and we may not have somewhere to do the forcing bit over winter (15 degrees?? that could be tropical compared to last winter!) . Add to that the fact we have never cooked endive, only ever eaten it in restaurants - and even then I'm not sure I actually liked it - and you can see the issues mounting up. And where do I buy a forcing box?
I figure that while I am trying to find out if I am any good as a gardener or even enjoy gardening I have to do these experiments. You never know - I might find out what it is I am good at!
PS - if anyone has an easier way of growing endive, or good recipes for people who don't really do bitter (i.e. me) any suggestions will be welcomed.