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chicory (chĭkˈərē) or succory (sŭkˈərē), Mediterannean herb (Cichorium intybus) of the family Asteraceae (aster family), naturalized in North America, where the tall stalks of usually blue flowers are common along waysides and are known as blue-sailors. It is extensively grown in Europe for its root, which, roasted and powdered, is used as a coffee substitute and adulterant. Chicory is also used as a potherb and salad plant; the common type that is blanched for salads is witloof, or French endive. True endive (C. endivia), a salad vegetable since antiquity, is cultivated in several broad-leaved and curly-leaved varieties. It is also called escarole. Chicory is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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a plant, Cichorium endivia, cultivated for its crisp curly leaves, which are used in salads: family Asteraceae (composites)
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That added space has given the retailer room to provide customers with a variety of new items, including white asparagus, Belgian endives and Asian pears.
"TOFUNA" IN BELGIAN ENDIVES (Serves 8 or more) This appetizer (pictured on the front cover) is simple and elegant.
spaghetti 8 slices thick-cut bacon (8 oz.), chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/2 cup chopped red onion 8 Belgian endives (1 1/4 lbs.

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