Aglaia Kremezi writes an enjoyable article about bitter bulbs (volvoi) and the Greek Cuisine.
According to the author, Greeks and Italians are probably the only people who enjoy bitter foods and mostly herbs that grow naturally on mountains and fields, while most Americans and Europeans react viscerally against bulbs and wild herbs.
The author, amidst funny comments, also presents the newest scientific opinions that prove that bitter foods and flavors are far from being poisonous – they are actually quite beneficial for people’s health. Greeks have always considered that herbs and bulbs can contribute to their libido, being aphrodisiac foods.
Aglaia also presents a recipe of lentils with hyacinth bulbs (bitter bulbs) cooked in Crete and the entire country, with small variations.