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Harvest of the Month

October - Kale

Kale
In search of a leafy green packed with nutrients that promote well-being and prevent a range or health concerns? Look no further than superfood kale. Dense with fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K, a diet of kale can help boost your immune system, and promote bone and heart health. Whether you're working with curly kale, dinosaur kale, or purple kale, there are lots of ways to integrate kale into your recipes. Throw it in a smoothie, sauté it, or massage it into a salad! It's hard to go wrong with this nutritious green.

History
Kale is a member of the Brassicaceae family, also known as the cabbage family, along with broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and kohlrabi. It originated in the Mediterranean region and was brought to the United States from England in the 17th century. Kale is a very hardy plant; it can withstand frosts and snowfall, making it an excellent staple food in the winter months. Kale plants range in color from white-green and yellow-green to blue-green and violet. Some varieties have been developed specifically for ornamental purposes.

Benefits
Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A and C and the mineral potassium. It is a good source of vitamin B6 (pyridoxal phosphate) and the mineral copper.

Varieties
  • Collards: Champion, Georgia
  • Chard: Fordhook Giant, Golden, Pink Passion, Rainbow Mix, Ruby or Rhubarb Red, Silverado

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