I'm curious as to what it actually is. I've heard that it's a single type of plant, a group of plants, a type of salad, and a type of garnish. Which is it?
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Frisee is a lettuce. I believe it is from France. It is a pale, light green variety of curly endive. Some say that curly endive and frisee are the exact same thing (and sometimes labelled the same) but to me curly endive is bigger and tougher. When buying frisee I like to buy small young heads as they are the least bitter and the most tender.
It is usually more expensive as it can be harder to find. If it wasn't so expensive I would use it everyday...I love it!
Frisee is the lettuce used to make the classic (and my favorite) salad is called Salade Lyonnaise
For more info on frisse, here is a link to what wikipedia has to say about frisee. Hope this helps!
I'm not sure if frisée originates from France but it is certainly very easy to find, even here in the rural south west.
I ate frisée a lot when I first moved to France but I've turned my attention to mache (lamb's lettuce) lately. Delicious, especially in a mixed salad with lardons, and so pretty on the plate.
Frisée is a type of endive, and the French word frisée means curly. You know, like frizzy hair? So, it means "curly endive."
So, if you see curly endive in the store, same thing. It's probably just less expensive than it would be if labelled frisée.:)
Yes technically frisée is curly endive but they are often different. By this I mean that curly endive is usually bigger and more bitter. While frisée is smaller and less bitter. Where I shop they sell both "curly endive" and "frisée" - they are both from the same family, but they are not the same thing, at least where I shop they are not.