My husband and I have been "flirting" with the kind diet for 2 weeks. We love most of the foods we have tried, umeboshi, gomasio, seitan etc, and were excited to try Dandelion greens. Unfortunately they were so bitter we couldnt eat them! We had the same problem with our raddichio tonight!
Are we cooking them incorrectly? ( steamed/sauteed with garlic ) will our tastebuds adjust, or will we never want to eat them!
I found the dandelion greens bitter also. I asked my Ex husband ( who is half Italian and I guess from what he told me Italians in his family love Dandelions) he told me that is there taste. Let me know if you hear anything different please.
I've been participating in a CSA and over the summer most of the greens that came were too bitter to just eat so I made soup, snipped all the different ones into a pot with the radishes,carrots celery and whatever else and served it over rice with soy sauce. Our 15 year old boy even chose that over something else the next nite so it couldn;t have been too bad, I loved it. there doesn't have to be a veggie on your plate if theres some in your bowl.
Some are just more bitter than others. I have begun to acquire more of a taste for them, but to cut the bitterness mix them with other veggies. I like kale, collards and mustard green with fresh green beans and a little red pepper flake, also some fresh tomatoes or canned diced tomatoes, or some broccili. Just try some combos until you find some you like.
Maybe try sprinkling some fresh lemon or lime juice over them. I usually saute my greens with onions and garlic, some cherry tomatoes and then some sort of acid. Sometimes I use a dairy free honey mustard vinaigrette.