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Witloof

Witloof
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Availability

Witloof is available in short supply from May through to September.

 

Storage and Handling

Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Witloof leaves have been eaten for thousands of years and the roots in some strains are used as a coffee substitute.

  

Facts

  • Witloof is a Dutch name, which means ‘white leaf’
  • Witloof is called endive or Belgium endive by the French
  • It has a slightly bitter and nutty flavour and can be eaten raw as a salad vegetable

 

Growing Facts

  • Witloof is grown in the dark and needs to be stored away from the light to prevent it turning bitter

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 53g - 1 head raw

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 37/9 71/17
Protein (g) 0.5 0.9
Fat, total (g) 0.05 0.1
- saturated (g) 0.01 0.02
Carbohydrate (g) 2.1 4.0
Dietary Fibre (g) 1.6 3.1
Sodium (mg) 1 2
Folate (ug) 20 37
Thiamin (mg) 0.03 0.06
Vitamin C (mg) 1.5 2.8
Calcium (mg) 10.1 19
Iron (mg) 0.13 0.24
Magnesium (mg) 5.0 10
Niacin (mg) 0.09 0.16
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.02 0.04
Zinc (mg) 0.08 0.16
Potassium (mg) 112 211
Riboflavin (mg) 0.016 0.03

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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