Can Kale be hot like horseradish?

by user33390   Last Updated June 12, 2019 12:17 PM

I just made a fruit smoothie with Kale, banana, Apple, blueberries, vegan protein powder, chia and flax. It was like drinking a smoothie with horse radish. The blueberries were the only difference with my favorite smoothie. Did the blueberries cause this drink to be spicy hot?

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Answers 4

There's a chance the extra sugar from the blueberries has helped bring the peppery taste from the kale out a bit more. Kale is known for its light peppery flavor much like watercress but not any where near the heat of horseradish. The addition of sugar, much like salt is great for intensifying flavors.

Rather than try and describe the taste of kale myself, I'll use the words of someone else instead.

The flavor is peppery and assertive, and can have a pleasantly bitter edge.

Source: A Sweet and Savory Life <- A good read if you are more interested in kale.

So, in reply to your question. Yes, Kale can taste hot like Horseradish.

February 08, 2015 17:33 PM

Yes, it can be hot. I juiced some Kale last night and it was nothing like what I have had before. This kale was like horseradish or hot mustard. The smell was so strong and pungent! And the taste was spicy/hot. It tasted like a wasabi smoothie.

November 12, 2015 15:45 PM

Many leafy greens when harvested at full maturity are peppery. They are meant to be harvested young

So basically you got sold "old stock"

November 12, 2015 18:49 PM

I have never had kale that is hot. I bought what I was told was kale at the farm and art market. When I tried it, it was so hot. I think it was mustard greens. Looking at the pictures, they do look alike. It would not be good in a fruit smoothy.

June 12, 2019 12:12 PM

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