Witloof is also known as chicory, endive or Belgium endive.
Witloof is a Dutch name that translates as white leaf. The name of this vegetable can be confusing. In New Zealand it is called either witloof or chicory. However, the British call it chicory and the French call it endive or Belgium endive. There is also a type of lettuce that the French call chicory and is known as endive in Britain and New Zealand. Witloof has a slightly bitter and nutty flavour. The roots in some strains can be used as a coffee substitute.
Radicchio is a red-leafed variety of witloof. It adds an interesting colour and taste to winter salads.
What to look for
Look for crisp, firm, compact heads that are creamy white with pale yellow tips.
May, June, July, August, September, October.
Refrigerate in plastic bags. Use as soon as possible.
How to prepare
Remove loose, damaged or discoloured leaves, trim the stalk before using and cut out the bitter core from the root end.
Ways to eat
Eat raw as a salad vegetable, on its own or mixed with other salad greens. Cheese goes well with witloof. Braise whole or sliced, and serve with a sauce. Stuff and bake, add sliced to stir fries, add to flans, curries or pies.
Bake, braise, microwave, steam, stir fry.
|Serving size: 1 head - 53g|
|Fat, total (g)||0.05||0.1%||0.1|
|- saturated (g)||0.01||0%||0.02|
|Dietary fibre (g)||1.6||5%||3.1|
|Folate (µg)||20||10% RDI*||37||A source of folate|
|Thiamin (mg)||0.03||3% RDI*||0.06|
|Vitamin C (mg)||1.5||4% RDI*||2.8|
|Calcium (mg)||10.1||1% RDI*||19|
|Iron (mg)||0.13||1% RDI*||0.24|
|Magnesium (mg)||5||1% RDI*||10|
|Niacin (mg)||0.09||1% RDI*||0.16|
|Vitamin B6 (mg)||0.02||1% RDI*||0.04|
|Zinc (mg)||0.08||0.8% RDI*||0.16|
|Riboflavin (mg)||0.016||0.9% RDI*||0.03|
Percentage Daily Intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
Witloof is a source of folate.
Keep displays small and maintain perfect storage conditions. Buy in small quantities and ensure stock is moved fast. Avoid exposure to bright light as when exposed to light, the flavour changes to an unacceptable level of bitterness. Customers may not know how to use witloof, so use the QR code on labels.
Store at 0°C with a relative humidity of 90-100%. Keep covered away from cooling fans and ethylene producing products.
Purchase witloof with the New Zealand GAP logo.
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