Kale



Kale

I once heard Kale described as the seaweed of the Midwest due to how well it grows here and all of the nutritional benefits. It is a form of cabbage that is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most other domesticated forms. Types we grow are:

Curly kale has ruffled leaves and a fibrous stalk and is usually deep green in color. It has a lively pungent flavor with delicious peppery qualities;

Dinosaur kale is the common name for the kale variety known as Lacinato or Tuscan kale. It features dark blue-green leaves that have an embossed texture. It has a slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale.

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Availability may vary by variety and with weather conditions.

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Storage Tips

  • Place kale in a plastic storage bag removing as much of the air from the bag as possible. Stored in the refrigerator it will keep for around 5 days

  • Chop raw and place in a freezer bag and placed in the freezer it will keep for around 6 months.

Preparation Tips

  • Rinse under cold running water, and chop leave portion into 1/2" slices and stems into 1/4" slices

  • Steam for 5 minutes

  • Add to soups, stir-fries, and tomato sauces

  • Bake the leaves to turn them into yummy kale chips

  • Combine chopped kale, pine nuts, and feta cheese with whole grain pasta drizzled with olive oil

Attribution

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kale http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38