Plant kale in your garden to enhance the family diet with an easy to grow, nutritionally powerful green. Kale is an official superfood. Kale thrives in the cooler months of spring and fall but I have news! This Kale has been in the ground since last fall and it’s still tasty and tender!
Even the slightly weather beaten kale you’re seeing in our garden is sweet and delicious. Kale is the easiest and hardiest crop we have ever grown!
What to do with Kale in the kitchen:
We grow kale year round in our greenhouse and outdoor garden for
- Green juicing
- steaming fresh with a drop or two of vinegar
- fresh kale salads
- Soups and stews. Kale will hold up in them without becoming green slime.
After this last winter of store bought organic produce, I’ll tell you, I’m very grateful for the store bought produce in winter. BUT! I absolutely can’t wait to grow our own fresh produce and eat it immediately after harvest throughout the cold storage months. It’s impossible to describe the difference in quality but, trust me, growing your own kale is a huge leap forward in nutrition and flavor. We can harvest kale most of the year even in our outdoor garden.
Why you need to plant kale:
Kale is very easy to grow, and tasty. Kale comes in several varieties. I encourage you to try them all and find out types of kale do best in your garden climate. just follow the directions on your seed packet. You can grow kale in any cool season and it will be fine. Kale detests REALLY hot weather, but it will tolerate a goodly amount of summer sun and heat. Discover which kale your family loves best! If you need more gardening information check out our garden section.
kale is one of the best greens nutritionally!
Look at the information I found at the whfood research site. Please follow the link to find really good information about the health benefits of kale. Lots of reasons to stake out a garden plot for this delicious, nutritious vegetable.
Kale’s Nutritional Profile:
Kale is a nutritional standout in three basic areas:
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients
- Much-needed micronutrients (in which the average U.S. adult is currently deficient), and
- Cancer-preventive nutrients called glucosinolates. Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory NutrientsKale’s antioxidants are both traditional as well as recently discovered.
In addition to conventional antioxidants
- vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese,
- kale also provides us with at least 45 different recently discovered flavonoids, including kaempferol and quercetin. Many of the flavonoids in kale are also now known to function not only as antioxidants, but also as anti-inflammatory compounds.
Fiber and Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Fiber and omega-3s are two macronutrients largely deficient in the U.S. diet and provided by kale in impressive amounts. It only takes 200 calories’ worth of kale to provide 14 grams of fiber — substantially more than the average U.S. adult gets in an entire day after a diet of 2,000 calories.
- kale provides us with a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the basic building block for all omega-3 fats. From less than 100 calories’ worth of kale, we can get over 350 milligrams.
- Kale is full of iron, calcium and manganese. It helps reduce inflammation
Explore the many different varieties of kale
- All your kale should be organic! This is a vegetable sprayed with a highly toxic pesticide when conventionally grown. The whfoods web page I linked you to has more on that.
- Kale has a longstanding history of helping humans survive winter with it’s incredible hardiness and nutrient profile, it’s beautiful and easily grown. Make it a diet staple!