This relative of the endive has curly, bitter-tasting leaves that are often used as part of a salad or cooked as greens. In the United States, early endive is sometimes erroneously called chicory. Chicory is available year-round. Choose leaves that are brightly colored and crisp. Store unwashed greens in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days. Today’s trendy radicchio is a red-leafed Italian chicory. Roasted chicory (also called succory ) comes from the roasted, ground roots of some varieties of chicory. It’s used as a coffee substitute, and added to some coffees for body and aroma and as an “extender.” This coffee-chicory blend is often referred to as “New Orleans” or “Creole” coffee and is a popular beverage in Louisiana.



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