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In Season: Kale

It's a shame that so many varieties of kale wind up as garnish on a plate, because the truth is, this dark, tender green tastes divine. Unlike iceberg lettuce, this sweet relative of cabbage happens to be loaded with nourishing nutrients. While the leaves are often available year-round, the peak of kale's season is in the Fall and Winter, so right now it is abundant at the market. To find out what to look for in kale,


  • Fresh kale will have a deep green hue and moist, hardy stems.
  • Avoid leaves that are wilted, browned, or have small holes in them. The kale should be displayed in a cool environment, as it does not react well to heat.
  • Take the time to select smaller leaves; they are younger and will be more tender.
  • Store refrigerated, wrapped with a damp paper towel in a plastic bag, for no more than several days. When ready to use, soak in water to rid of sand or dirt.

Some preparation ideas:

  • Boil and mash with potatoes to make colcannon.
  • Sauté or boil, then serve on crusty bread with an egg on top.
  • Serve sautéed on top of baked yams with a dollop of sour cream.
  • Heat kale with carrots, onions, and zucchini; stir in canned tomatoes and beans and simmer for a hearty stew.

Are you a fan of kale? If so, how do you enjoy it?

Join The Conversation
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
I LOVE KALE!!! I shared my love of kale with my nephews and now they love kale. My nephews shared their love of kale with their mom and now she loves kale. My sister prepares kale and kale dishes about two or three times a week and now my nephews don't much like kale anymore.
afordster afordster 8 years
i love Kale. I will be checking out the link for that recipe toscano something. My sister makes kale as a sid dish. I know she makes it will a sateed red bell pepper and I think she uses white wine vinegar and lets it simmer. It is fantastic.
daddio49 daddio49 8 years
crispy kale = delicious. a little olive oil, sea salt, and pop it in the oven until it crisps up. tastes like a potato chip, but is much better for you!
marielleaster marielleaster 8 years
Here in the Netherlands one of the few traditional winter dishes is boiled potatoes and curly kale (that has experienced frost or has been frozen in your freezer) mashed together, eaten with smoked sausage and baked speck. Hmmm, one of my favourite winter dishes!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i only recently began to have kale more since i've learned about the vitamins that i'm getting from it. being severely anemic, my doctor was always recommending things to me, and i hadn't considered kale before since i've also only seen it as a garnish for the most part. thanks for the tips on how to select a good bunch
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
Zuppa Toscana is one of my fave soups. YUM!
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
Kale Salad - The salad that convinced me to love kale!!! --------------------- Kale Radishes Red onion (sometimes i caramelize them to add some warmth) Tomatos Kalamata olives Sunflower seeds Dressing: soy sauce; mustard, garlic, red wine vinegar, S&P
sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
Mmmm I love Kale! A Turkish restaurant next to my work uses it in a lot of their dishes.
SarahPW SarahPW 8 years
my local grocery store makes a fabulous sesame kale- so good. It is also great in potato soup!
anniekim anniekim 8 years
Here in RI kale soup, often with chourico, is very common and popular.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
One of my favorite soups, Zuppa Toscana has kale in it. I usually go by this recipe: I've seen a lot of variations but that's the one I use. Super yummy!
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