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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Kale - Things I Have Learned

This year I tried growing Kale for the first time.   It has done quite well considering the lack of rain we've had in Southern Ontario.

I recently learned to love Kale.  They make great chips for snacking, which is much healthier than regular potato chips.  The recipe for kale chips can be found in my recipe folder.   Kale chips are an easy way to get more greens into our diets.  I'm looking for ways to preserve all this kale so if anyone has ideas let me know.

Some things I learned about Kale: 
1)  Kale is loaded with vitamins, minerals such as Vit A, C, E and K as well as phytochemicals called zeaxanthin and lutein.
3)  Lutein and zeaxanthin is optimal for eye health.  Both these phytochemicals help reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration and helps protect the retina and eye lens.  Kale has an abundance of these phytochemicals.
2)  Kale and other leafy green veggies have been linked to lower risks of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.
3) Kale is high in vitamin E which is thought to protect brain cells and helps to keep your mind sharp as you age.
4)  Kale is also a great source of Vit K, which helps to protect your bones from thinning.
5)  Low in calories and is fat free .... and tastes good !





3 comments:

  1. Kale's a great plant, that's for sure. You can lightly blanch and freeze it or chop it up and dry it. We dry it here, and broccoli too. It's nice to throw a handful into soups for added vitamins. We had rain today, but not enough to make much of a difference. Just made everything steamy, but it will be nice not to have to water the garden today! Hopefully, it's headed your way!

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    1. I grow a lot too, but found it difficult to get started this year as either Japanese Beetles or earwigs were eating the leaves as they popped out the ground. Some Marigolds took care of it and I have a lot now. What I find works well is to grow it in patches rather then rows.It also tastes better after the first frost, which seems like a very long way off right now.

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  2. I grew up in Europe and yes, Kale was a staple for the winter with smoked sausage and white beans or potatoes, yummy. I just do remember that it was a winter veggie and never to be harvested before the first frost. Good luck on your gardening, your blog is lovely.

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