Early references are not to the modern Chinese Endive, but the indigenous wild chicory (Evelyn 1699, etc).
Original Receipt in Evelyn 1699;
25. Endive, Endivium, Intubum sativum; the largest, whitest, and tenderest Leaves best boil'd, and less crude. It is naturally Cold, profitable for hot stomachs; Incisive and opening Obstructions of the Liver: The curled is more delicate, being eaten alone, or in Composition, with the usual Intinctus: It is also excellent being boil'd; the middle part of the Blanch'd-stalk separated, eats firm, and the ampler Leaves by many perferr'd before Lettuce. see succory.
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