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This is first time growing kale and it has produced beautifully but it is quite tough and bitter. Is this how kale tastes or did I leave it too long?

Is kale supposed to be eaten raw or steamed? I could just juice it I guess.

Any comments or suggestions?
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This is first time growing kale and it has produced beautifully but it is quite tough and bitter. Is this how kale tastes or did I leave it too long?

Is kale supposed to be eaten raw or steamed? I could just juice it I guess.

Any comments or suggestions?
It's a very strongly flavored green. I remove the stems and steam it, then add butter and sea salt. It's also great in leak/potato soup.

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it is some what strongly flavored. Not as strong as collards or mustard greens, but stronger than spinach. I saute it in olive oil with garlic and chili flakes, and add some stock and cook until tender.
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kale in summer will be much more bitter, sadly! a planting in late summer that is allowed to freeze/frost at least once will be sweet and the early spring kind is sweet too.

In summer I just pick very early and use in salads. That which is already big just juice or put in potato soup (cut up).

Also, the vates kind is more bitter than the lacinato/dino or red russian.
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We grow red Russian and it is a bit strong, but once it's hit by a frost it becomes amazing!

Try stemming it and chopping the leaves and sauteeing it with olive oil and lots of garlic and a little lemon juice. You could also mix it with another green.

It's great in soups.

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I love kale best in soups. My favorite is Caldo Verde (Portuguese Kale Soup). I use kielbasa in it instead of the traditional sausage. Yummy.
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I also blanch and freeze it for use in soups and fritattas later, in the event that there is too much in my fridge/garden.
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