How It's Grown
Endives from California are grown in the northern part of the state by California Endive Farms, the largest grower of Belgian-style endive in America and the largest producer of red endive in the world.
Take a journey through the fascinating endive growing process via the video at right.
A California Endive Farms chicory field.
The leafy foliage of chicory plants in late summer.
During fall harvest, plants are topped, leaves discarded and the roots dug up.
Roots kept dormant in cold storage until needed for second growth.
Roots, removed from cold storage, being loaded into growing trays before entering the forcing room.
In the precisely controlled environment of the forcing room, white endives mature.
Fresh endives picked and packed by hand.
Each endive is thoroughly inspected and hand-trimmed.
Red and white endives ready to be packed for shipping nationwide.