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What is Kale and what makes it so great?

Checking out Kale

Kale has become very popular over the last year and can now be found amongst other superfoods at the grocery store. It’s versatile, tasty and has a whole bunch of great nutrition, so we thought we would take a look at what Kale is, and why people love it so much. 

Taste and texture

Kale is actually part of the cabbage family (Brassica) and has huge, curly leaves and a deep green color. Different varieties are grown all over the world in different climates, which all add their own subtleties to the taste. The plant grows well in cooler climates and the leaves can actually be frozen, which some say results in a sweeter flavor. It can be used in a whole bunch of different recipes and has a rustic, mild and deeply satisfying flavor that can be attributed to its high level of iron.

Nutrition

So what makes it such a nutritional powerhouse? Well, Kale is a rich source of various vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K, B, C, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It also brings compounds known as glucosinolates to the table which have anti-cancerous properties. As if that wasn’t enough, it also helps with liver functions and helps with detoxification. Not bad for a leaf!

Want to make some Kale Chips?

A brilliant snack that’s crispy, crunchy and super healthy, have a go at making these kale alternatives to potato chips. Flavor with garlic, chili flakes, salt and pepper for a brilliant taste sensation!

You will need:

  • One bag of washed Kale, chopped up.
  • Sea Salt
  • A touch of olive oil

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking tray with baking paper. Take the stem out of your kale and then tear the leaves into pieces. Drizzle the kale with olive oil and add a sprinkle of salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you can see they have become brown and crispy.