Friday, July 2, 2010

Hail to kale!

To kick off July, here are a few facts about kale:

1. Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods there is.

2. It has been cultivated for over 2,000 years.

3. It’s a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

4. Studies suggest that the phytonutrients in kale may actually help the liver neutralize potentially cancerous substances.

5. Kale is a cool-weather crop—frost actually makes it taste sweeter and more flavorful.

6. Research has shown that kale consumption is linked to improved mental function as you age.

7. During World War II, the cultivation of kale in the U.K. was encouraged by the Dig for Victory campaign. The vegetable was easy to grow and provided important nutrients to supplement those missing from a normal diet because of rationing.

7. There are several varieties of kale known commonly as: curly kale (pungent flavor with delicious, bitter, peppery qualities), ornamental kale (mellow flavor and tender texture) and dinosaur kale (slightly sweeter and more delicate taste than curly kale).

9. Kale can be kept in the refrigerator for several days, although it is best when eaten within one or two days after purchase since the longer it is stored, the more bitter its flavor becomes.

10. Both the leaves and the stem of kale can be eaten.

So, as my kale sistah Jess says: Eat (or drink) more kale!

Sorry Jess, I had to do it haha

1 comment:

  1. oh danne! i'm proud to be your kale spokes model this month! ha ha