Endive 'Broad-leaved Batavian' Seeds

Creamy white hearts with a buttery texture.

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An old variety dating back to the 1860s. Large, broad, dark-green outer leaves enclose round, 10-12" heads with creamy white hearts with a buttery texture. Broad-leaf endive varieties tend to be less bitter than the curly leaf endive varieties. Endive can be eaten like other greens either fresh as part of a green salad, or sauteed or chopped and added into soups and stews. Endive is a native to the East Indies and it has a long history of culture in Egypt and Greece where it is used as a salad herb.

Michigan Seeds grown on our farm Renegade Acres in Howell, MI!

Additional Info

Botanical Name Cichorium endivia
Life Cycle Biennial
Min. Time to Germinate 10 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 14 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds 1/4 in.
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height Under 6 in. (15 cm)
Plant Spacing 9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger N/A
Soil pH Requirements 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic), 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Days to Harvest 90-100
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 100