Is Kale Good for You?

Kale a bright, leafy green vegetable that once you look at it, you wonder if it is edible at all or if it is even good for you. Kale has curly leaves with thick stems belonging to the family Cruciferae. They are mainly grown for greens and for fodder. Kale is a cool weather crop. It has been known that frost improves the crop. Long Island and Virginia are the principal and commercial regions for growing kale.

Kale is definitely an edible plant which comes from the cabbage. Common types of kale have stems that grow up to 2 ft. long and carry a rosette of elongated, dark bluish-green, wavy or frilled leaves. It is an interesting type of green. Kale can be used for decorative salad sides or boiled to serve.

Kale is highly nutritious. It is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and reasonably rich in calcium. Since it is high in vitamin K, patients taking anti-coagulants like warfarin are encouraged to avoid eating kale, because it increases the vitamin K concentration in the blood. These medications are often attempting to lower vitamin K. Kale is a good source of iron. Of course, if one is on medications it is always good practice to ask your doctor what foods are good to eat with the medications.

Kale also contains sulforaphane, which is a chemical believed to have potent anti-cancer properties, especially when chopped. Kale is a powerful antioxidants and is also an anti-inflammatory.
Tender kale greens can provide a great addition to salads, especially with dry-roasted peanuts, tamari-roasted almonds or red pepper flakes.

Cooking Kale

In Portugal, a traditional Portuguese soup combines puree potatoes, diced kale, olive oil, broth, and sliced cooked spicy sausage.

In southeastern Africa, kale is typically boiled with coconut milk and ground peanut. Then served with rice or boiled cornmeal.

Kale makes a wonderful garnish to your finished dishes of pasta, creamed soup, meat or fish platters.

For breakfast, sautГ© tomato, onions, sausage, and kale leaves with olive oil in small frying pan. SautГ© in medium heat 2 ВЅ minutes. Then add egg batter (one or two eggs) to the sautГ© and you have a delicious breakfast with two heart-healthy wheat bread toasts on the side. Orange juice or coffee beverage with any breakfast completes the early dine.

So next time you see this beautiful leafy green, you will know that kale is good for you.

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