Michigan State University Extension
Preserving Food Safely - 01600783
Chicory used to be available only during the cooler months, but is now available year-round. Nearly all Belgian endive sold in the United States is grown in Belgium. An insignificant amount is imported from Chile during the summer months, but very little, if any, Belgian-type endive is grown domestically. During World War II some endive was grown in Michigan, but the product was below par and was discontinued at the end of the war.
When purchasing Belgian endive, look for firm, plump, crisp, unblemished, pure white heads that have yellow leaf tips. If those tips are green rather than the desired yellow, the endive isn't fresh and will taste very bitter. The short, fat heads are preferable to those that are long and thin.