Cryptic chicory


Illustration by SARAH HANSEL

If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman—and vegetables—you must seek out Coraline chicory. While it’s not really named for Gaiman’s novel, it is mysterious and intriguing like the story. Grown only in Rio Vista, the first commercial production is now in markets and restaurants. Unlike its close cousin the endive, Coraline has a sweeter, less bitter flavor and curly leaves, somewhat like frisée. It’s high in potassium and vitamin C and should be refrigerated in a loose bag. Use Coraline in salads to add crunch and offset sweet ingredients or grill it lightly with oil and salt.