Sometimes I wonder if tasting bitterness in certain foods has a genetic component, like how some people find cilantro soapy. I love cilantro.
I also enjoy kale. Someone reminded me recently to massage my kale salad to reduce the bitterness, but I wouldn’t say kale is bitter. A bit grassy, and savory, but not bitter exactly, just not sweet and that’s why I like it. And broccoli - people supposedly hate broccoli because it is bitter, but I don’t know what they’re eating because broccoli is almost sweet to me, especially the stems.
It’s not that I can’t taste bitter, it’s there in radicchio & other chicories, coffee, chocolate. Maybe it’s semantics, and kale gets called bitter because it’s a stronger flavor. Or are there compounds that some of us detect or don’t detect?
Is kale bitter to you? Broccoli?