Originary from Mediterranean area, endives are known from ancient times and they were planted by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The thick leaves can be consumed. Besides this, endives have also some medical properties.
Endives contain essential amino acids, fats, starch, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and B1, B2, C, K and P vitamins.
Because they are bitter, endive juice stimulates appetite. At the same time they are diuretic-depurative and light laxative. They are recommended in anorexia, biliary insufficiency and gastric and digestive problems.
You can use it as they are or in salads (endive lettuce).