According to California Endive Farms, endive has a crisp texture and a sweet, nutty flavor with a pleasantly mild bitterness. Endive is a member of the chicory family, which includes radicchio, escarole, frisee and curly endive. This leafy green vegetable can be eaten raw or cooked.
The bitterness of endive is mellowed when prepared with sweet butter and a small amount of sugar. Escarole has a milder flavor and crisp texture, and it goes well in a salad. Allrecipes.com shares over forty recipes featuring endive. People enjoy the presentation of endive leaves on an appetizer platter. They resemble flowers and are easy to eat while standing.