Follow any foodies on Instagram and you will know that food can be beautiful. With the emerging popularity of plant-based diets, vegetables steal the limelight (and juice). Kale, on the other hand, might not always take center stage. Leafy Cabbage (another name for Kale) deserves a lot of respect. Kale has an easy going nature, offers a dense nutritional profile and can hold its own in a bouquet of flowers!
Eat Your Kale
Thought to be closer to the original cabbage then the cabbage head varieties we have available today. It originated in Europe from as north as Denmark to as South as Tuscany. When brought to North America it thrived. Kale can be fed to livestock, but we think it is best to eat it yourself. A rich resource for Vitamin K, A and C with a healthy dose of B vitamins. Admittedly it is a dense vegetable and not the most pleasant to eat raw. However when massaged it is soft, supple and delicious.
Basic Massaged Kale Salad
1 bunch of kale (any variety)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
2 tsp lemon juice
Wash and dry thoroughly. Tear into large bite-size pieces removing the stem (reserve for smoothies or soup stock or compost). Mix together ingredients squeezing onto leaves. It is best to squeeze firmly enough to assist in breaking down the vegetable cell wall without juicing the leaf. Add cheese or nutritional yeast, miso, seaweed or any other spicing you may enjoy! Bon Appetit!
It is recommended to grow three plants for every person you plan to feed. They are a hardy plant and can be put out early and will last until just after the first frost. They spread out as they grow, so you need to give them space to access enough light throughout the plant. Water heavily. Like most leafy greens you can keep a plant all season and harvest the whole way through. Simply pull off a few leaves (no more than 2-3 depending on the size of plant) and the plant will continue to grow!
Some variety (admittedly less tasty varieties) are also extremely beautiful with multiple colours and a dense and curly texture. See if you can spot some Kale in our outdoor designs! Follow the link.