"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Vegetables
Click Here to Login
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-29-2006, 03:34 PM   #1
Assistant Cook
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 4
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!


Peachyjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 03:44 PM   #2
Executive Chef
VeraBlue's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: northern NJ
Posts: 3,683
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...

How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
VeraBlue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 03:51 PM   #3
Assistant Cook
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 4
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!
Peachyjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 03:59 PM   #4
Certified Pretend Chef
Andy M.'s Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 44,236
Spinach is green...
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 04:05 PM   #5
Head Chef
Shunka's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: USA,Arizona
Posts: 1,023
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.
Polly aka Shunka....the Def Leppard crazy in AZ!!
Shunka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 05:39 PM   #6
Sous Chef
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 905
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.
Candocook is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 05:45 PM   #7
DC Grandma
Dove's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: USA,California
Posts: 3,217
My DH was from the South and insisted on Black Eyed Peas..never heard of Greens on N.Y.'s day
May I always be the person my dog thinks I am.

Walk towards the Sunshine and the Shadows will fall behind you!
Dove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 05:46 PM   #8
Executive Chef
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA,Florida
Posts: 3,835
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.
Be an organ donor; give your heart to Jesus.
Exercise daily; walk with the Lord.
licia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 05:47 PM   #9
Assistant Cook
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 4
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!
Peachyjean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-29-2006, 06:01 PM   #10
Senior Cook
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 294
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

Chef_Jimmy is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:32 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.