I DO know. The answer is, no, they won't. I've tried three times and dandelion does NOT like to be fermented! Do NOT attempt unless you have a taste for pain.
Originally Posted by Aldergirl
I love, LOVE, natural bitter flavors and dandelion is a fine example, but fermentation does not combine well with this.
As I said, I've tried three times and to iced a few things:
a) It comes out with the consistency of spinach boiled for several HOURS. The leaves are too thin that they get mushy rapido! Ugh. And NO amount of salt can save them. Each time I tried I added more and more salt to supposedly keep them crispier, did nothing.
b) They came out at least ten times as bitter as the fresh leaves. And as I said, I love my bitter tastes! I mean hell, this is a guy who drinks unsweetened yerba mate almost daily. But this was... OMG, bitter, sour, all rolled up in one. And I tried fermenting with herbs too, but no amount of spicing could save them. I was brave enough to try it, and three times to boot, but I would not recommend this to ANYONE sane. I did the experiment so you don't have to.
Maybe, MAYBE if you fermented them as a small flavor component of a larger ferment, say a batch of sauerkraut, a single leaf in a jar of pickles, maybe in a pot of kimchi or something, they would work as a flavor ELEMENT. But as the main flavor? Bleagh! There there is a REASON no traditional societies were known to have fermented kale and I suspect it's much the same reason this stuff turned out pretty damn gross.
Edit: Saw a mention of fermented asparagus. Yes. YES! That stuff is awesome. THIS is what you should be making. Oh, and fermented okra. That shit is also epic.
Last edited by Drumroll; 04-28-2014 at 07:02 PM.
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