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Definition: In the culinary arts, the word Frisée is used to refer to a variety of endive with curly, pale-green or yellowish leaves.

The catalog of leafy vegetables that go by the name endive can be somewhat vast and bewildering, and not always accurate. Frisée is sometimes called curly endive or chicory. But unlike some endives, frisée does not have a cylindrical shaped leaf but is rather shaggy and bushy. Frisée is similar to, but has smaller leaves than, escarole.

Like escarole, frisée is frequently used in salads. While it can have a slightly bitter flavor, frisée is much milder than other varieties of endive such as radicchio or Belgian endive.
Pronunciation: free-ZAY
Also Known As:
  • Chicory
  • Endive
  • Curly endive
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