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06-05-2007, 11:30 PM
I bought some dandilion greens at the Coop. They are sooooooo bitter I don't know what to do with them. Any suggestions would be great. Anything to lose the super bitter edge.
06-05-2007, 11:40 PM
you can mix them with other greens like spinach and kale then add in an avacado and zuccinni and mushrooms and carrots and some organic olive oil with a hint of garlic and some sweet basil and thyme. dandilion are good for digestion. Just don't take them by them selves for yes they are a bit bitter.
06-05-2007, 11:42 PM
Wash them, then stack them up.
If they are large, roll them longwise.
If not, just stack them.
Then with a VERY sharp knife, shave off very fine shreds.
Then mix these with your other greens.
06-05-2007, 11:49 PM
Stick em in a berry smoothie with some vanilla or almond extrac and either agave or stevia to sweeten. It's like they aren't even in there taste-wise.
I actually like them with a little olive oil. If you soak them in cold water with some sea salt masaged into the greens, it seems to cut the bitterness quite abit. The salt "cooks" the greens.
06-06-2007, 12:25 AM
I juiced them with a whole bunch of other fruits, DIdnt matter it was still bitter. I had to cry while I was drinking. I was crying, I was. I havent tries them in a smoothie... Sorry just thinking outloud, wheres the delete button?
Cut the stems off of them at the bottom point of the green leafy part. This will help get rid of most of the bitter taste.
06-06-2007, 01:00 AM
mmmmm. . . . if I don't like it I just don't eat it. I love dandelions, store bought or wild caught - been eating them all my life but the ones in the store are more bitter than wild ones I think. They are different in shape and color as well. If it was not grown in optimal conditions it may have an exaggerated bad taste. Also if they are wild caught I want them from an area where I do not think they have had excessive fertilization from local animals. We had some cucumbers recently that tasted fishy. Dh could not eat them.
There must be something else to take its place for you - eating is not meant to be suffering.
06-06-2007, 01:21 AM
Never thought I would like them, but dh picked some up for me not too long ago at the farmers' market, and they were not bitter at all. I believe they have to be picked when they are young, and before they flower. ~ Cathy
06-06-2007, 07:42 AM
I had a small handful in my smoothie today with peaches, bananas & OJ & ice. Tastes great!. Also, chopped some up in a salad for lunch later today. When I find them growing in my yard I always pick them and use them in my smoothies.:)
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