Question of the Day: Is kale bitter?
Quick Answer: Kale is known for its slightly bitter taste, especially when eaten fresh and raw. The taste is due to the leafy green being packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins A and C. However, once washed properly processed, or cooked, the bitter taste of the kale disappears.
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Is Kale Supposed to Taste Bitter?
Fresh Kale is destined to taste bitter, especially if it hasn’t been thoroughly cleaned. However, once washed, and heated, the bitterness of kale fades away. When mixed with other flavors, you can’t even taste the bitterness of cooked/prepared kale.
How do You Get the Bitterness Out of Kale?
Kale is easily remedied of its bitter taste. The easiest way is to wash and “massage” the kale. When the fibers of the leafy green are stimulated, and the bitter taste of the exterior is washed and massaged away, kale tastes much more pleasant. You can also mask the bitterness of fresh kale by mixing it with garlic and other potent ingredients like olive oil or salt.
Which Kale is the Least Bitter?
There are plenty of types of kale to choose from that aren’t so bitter. The truth is that most kale isn’t really all that bitter once it is cleaned, washed, and heated. But, as far as fresh kale goes, straight from the garden to the plate, Tuscan species of kale are the least bitter.