Kale Season

By Jennifer A. Wickes
Copyright 2005

History / Geography
Kale has been cultivated over 2000 years and probably originated from the Mediterranean region of the world. Despite its hot origin, kale grows better in colder climates and is very popular in Northern and Eastern Europe, especially Scotland.

Kale is a part of the cabbage family, Brassica Oleracea.

There are numerous varieties and colors.

December to February.

How to Select
Kale has frilly leaves with a deep green color and a possible tinge of purple on its leaves. Avoid yellow, limp leaves.

Wash in cold water to remove all the sand and dirt. Remove the stalk before cutting.

Kale can be blanched and frozen for later use.

Store kale, washed, wrapped in paper towels in a plastic bag. Place in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Kale will stay fresh up to 7 days.

Nutritional Qualities
Kale is extremely nutritious. It contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron.

Older kale is tougher and stronger in flavor. Choose smaller bunches to avoid this.

Wine Pairings
Zinfandel Blanc, French Colombard.

Cayenne, mace, marjoram, nutmeg, sesame seed, tarragon.

1 lb. fresh kale = 1 1/2 cups cooked

If you have extra kale in your house, try using it instead of spinach or swiss chard!


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