This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
This is a winter-salad vegetable of great excellence. Sown in July it has afforded a supply for winter use which is especially esteemed. In growth it is particularly compact, less leafy than many other Batavian Endives, and consequently more edible in heart and midrib. Dug-up in November when perfectly dry and the outer leaves carefully folded, it was buried, root uppermost, in the south slopes of Celery ridges, and a month afterwards, and onwards, it turned out in fine condition, white as milk, crisp as anything could be, sweet as a nut, and with no decay saving in the very outside leaves. By this simple mode of blanching, any one having a garden may have a salad at Christmas that will add to the appearance of any festive table, and be as good as it looks. Of course, it is equally good under Mushroom-house and other modes of blanching, but the main object of this note is to recommend a plan, far from new, but easy and effective.- W., in Gardener's Magazine.