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Kale

 

Super-food kale is everywhere – in smoothies, salads, and snacks. Don’t think you like kale? Maybe we can change your mind.

 

Fun Facts

  • Kale really is a super food. It has more calcium than milk and more vitamin C than an orange.
  • This green vegetable is loaded with vitamin A and omega 3 fatty acids – the good for your brain fats.
  • Kale is more nutritious if you cook it lightly, but don’t overdo it or it becomes bitter and mushy.
  • Serving it with a fat, such as bacon, Parmesan cheese, or dressing helps release some of the nutrients in kale. It also tastes delicious.
  • Kale is easy to grow. It tolerates cool weather so plant it in early spring or early fall. Harvest it when it’s young and tender.
  • Kale is in the Brassica It’s related to cabbage.
  • During the Middle Ages, people in Europe ate lots of kale. Colonists brought it to America. During World War II, leaders in Great Britain urged people to grow kale as a food source when food was scarce.
  • Some varieties of kale grow 5 to 7 feet tall. Many types of kale aren’t edible. People use ornamental kale in flower arrangements.

 

Vocabulary

  1. Tolerate: to withstand
  2. Ornamental: for decoration only

 

Questions and Answers

Question: Is it possible to eat too much kale?

Answer: Eating kale seems to be a current health trend, but eating too much of it can cause symptoms of thallium (a heavy metal) poisoning. Not to worry. You’d have to eat A LOT of kale to get sick. Still, it’s a good idea, as with any food, to use moderation and eat a varied diet.

 

Learn More

Visit an organic kale farm in upstate New York.

Try kale blueberry salad. It’s delicious!

 

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