Thursday, June 10, 2010

CSA Veggie Identification #2: Kale

Kale is a brassica, just like Collard Greens. There are many varities of Kale out there that are grown all over the world for lots of different purposes. This year, New Roots farmers are growing two kinds, Red Russian and Curly Leaf. Kale has thick, tasty leaves that are great for you.

Curly Leaf Kale

Red Russian Kale
From Wikipedia: Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties; kale is considered to be anti-inflammatory. Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Because of its high vitamin K content, patients taking anti-coagulants such as warfarin are encouraged to avoid this food since it increases the vitamin K concentration in the blood, which is what the drugs are often attempting to lower.

MMMM! More Kale, please.

A few yummy kale recipes to try:

1 comment:

  1. i love kale salads - kale season is my favourite season!

    thanks for the link to the kale coleslaw recipe!