Educational article! The recipes sound yummy. I never tried these greens before because all of them (even dandelion greens, which people pay companies to destroy from their lawns here!) cost a bundle. I figured if I cooked them wrong I would be wasting money. Will try the recipes!
I grew up in the South. All the greens mentioned in the article are my favs. They were a staple in my family's garden and I grow them in the spring, fall and winter. I also set aside a few plants just to produce seeds for the next growing season. I prefer to eat them raw are lightly steamed. A greens and fresh basil leaf salad is hard to beat anytime of the year.
I recently at a u-pick farm got cauliflower. Instead of throwing away the leaves, I used them like kale - rolling them up, slicing thinly and then placing in lemon juice to break down the fibers. So excellent and completely free food.
I think the trick to eating greens and LOVING them is to get very fresh greens. The longer they sit they "self-destruct" and lose their complex sweet/savory flavors. If the greens are more then 4 days old, they start to taste bitter (to me).
I am lucky to be a veggie farmer, so i have tasted the freshest greens and they are light years better then greens I have kept in the my fridge for a week. Please, if you think you don't like greens just give them one more chance. Go to a farmers market, buy a mild green like Swiss chard and cook it the day you buy it.
11/8/2010 5:50:47 PM
Kale is my favorite. I always have it in my garden, it reseeds itself if you leave a plant or to to over winter and flower and set seeds the next year.
Love, love, love greens!!! There is life and nutrition in them!!! This summer I have been growing Swiss chard in two pots on my deck. Yesterday I stir-fried some chopped leaves and stems and then beat an egg and poured it on top, along with a little shredded cheese, to make an omelet. YUM! Tonight I had stir-fried bok choy with some garlic, onion, mushrooms, yellow peppers, tomatoes, and beans - a great vegetarian entree.
Kale is wonderful. I like to make a salad from the leaves and then I cut off the little budding leaves that are left on the stalk to put in soup. Combine that in with a few other chopped veggies, add a chopped/ground meat of your choice, throw in some rice (maybe some beans), and let it stew. It's cheap and super tasty!
By the way, kale turns bluish when it's cooked. Pretty cool stuff.
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