Are Collard Greens Bitter? (EXPLAINED)

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Are Collard Greens Bitter?

Question of the Day: Are collard greens bitter?

Quick Answer: Collard green are best eaten as fresh as possible because they may begin to develop a bitter taste not long after being picked. They are a crop that does best in the early spring or late fall, growing them out of season is another reason why your collard greens might indeed be bitter.

What Makes Collard Greens Taste Bitter?

Collard greens contain a large amount of water, water that becomes bitter quite quickly after being picked. If you cook collard greens properly, however, the bitter taste is reduced or even completely removed. Just make sure you don’t overcook the greens, or they lose both taste and nutrients.

How do You Make Collard Greens Less Bitter?

First, take a little nibble to know just how bitter the greens are. Next, add a teaspoon and a half of either lemon juice or some sort of salt. Try the collard greens again and then continue to add as much lemon juice or salt that you need to make the taste less bitter.

Which Type of Greens Are the Most Bitter?

There are numerous types of greens besides collard greens that are also quite bitter, including the following:

  • Dandelion greens
  • Endives
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Radicchio
  • Certain Spinach