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Old 12-29-2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Smile Hello! What's the difference among greens?

I am trying to find out the difference in the flavors of the different greens--kale, turnip, collard, mustard, etc. Are some milder, some "peppery", or are they all pretty much the same? I want to try the ones I think we would like most, and work our way through. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 12-29-2006, 04:44 PM   #2
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Oh dear...what a ride range of tastes they all are. Why not start alphabetically and work your way through? It's fair and you get unbiased opinions...
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:51 PM   #3
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The reason I can't do that is because a friend told me that to serve greens on New Year's Day is good luck, so I want to serve them then--but have absolutely no idea which kind to buy. Children will be here, so I guess I want a milder flavor so they (might) eat them!
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Old 12-29-2006, 04:59 PM   #4
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Spinach is green...
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:05 PM   #5
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Mustard greens are my favorite!!! They can be a bit peppery smelling but if you simmer them with a ham bone or hock for 2 to 3 hours like I do; then they are not spicy tasting at all. I will take them over spinach, turnip, beet, or collard greens anyday!!!! Dandelion greens are good too as are radish greens.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:39 PM   #6
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You know, even lettuce would count for the kids. Our family comes down on collards. I love turnip greens and have found a good brand of canned ones with nice seasoning. You may want to consider starting from frozen for collards, etc. because they do take a bit of cooking time. AND cleaning if you start from fresh!! Lots of grit and dirt.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:45 PM   #7
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My DH was from the South and insisted on Black Eyed Peas..never heard of Greens on N.Y.'s day
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:46 PM   #8
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I've only had kale in soup, but the others I've had. Mustard greens are peppery, but very good. Turnips are good too, but I don't like the roots included. Collards, I can't stand the taste or the texture of. Spinach is very good in salads, but I don't like it's texture cooked either. I'm not usually picky about food, but collards and cooked spinach are on a very short list of things I don't like.
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Old 12-29-2006, 06:47 PM   #9
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Supposedly, Dove, the greens insure wealth for the New Year. But the friend who told me about it didn't know one green from another, just like me!
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Old 12-29-2006, 07:01 PM   #10
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i eat black eyed peas, greens and cabbage on new years day with cornbread and ham....we even put a penny in the BEPs and whoever gets it is supposed to be financially good in the next year... or however you would put it
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