Kale has been hyped as the latest 'superfood' and can often be found in bottled juices and smoothies. It's true that it has many health benefits - high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium and iron. It also contains sulforaphane, a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. So we should all be eating it! It's also the perfect alternative to spinach in many dishes.
You may only have seen raw kale in the supermarket, shredded and in bags. And if you bought it there then you more than likely ate it and felt disappointed. Most customers we've talked to about this always complain that the kale tastes bitter. This is because kale becomes increasingly bitter the longer it is kept. It is at it's peak when it is freshly picked. Down on the farm we grow four different varieties of kale. It is harvested daily and we sell it from our farm shop.
One of the questions we get asked regularly in the farm shop is 'what do you do with it?'. If you've never cooked with it before we have a few tips and ideas. Firstly make sure you strip the leaves from the central stalk. Then it's easiest cooking methods are boiling or steaming. It takes less than five minutes.
On the farm we each have a favourite way to cook it:
Vicky - fried and then served with a little butter on the side.
Matt - fried in a little coconut oil.
Jeni - raw in smoothies (banana, pineapple juice, chopped pineapple, almond milk and a large handful of kale all whizzed up in a blender), fried on top of lentil soup and it makes a fantastic leek, cheese and kale tart. Oh and it's a seriously lovely pesto too!
To help you make the most of this delicious and nutritious veg, we've compiled a Pinterest board for you to check out some other ways of eating and cooking with kale. There are recipe ideas for everyone - quick one pot suppers, smoothies, pasta dishes, vegetarian and vegan.
But we'd love to hear how you like to eat it? And if you'd like to share your own recipe, then please tell us in the comments box below. If you'd like to know more about our kale or anything else we grow then please get in touch via the Contact Us page. Thanks!
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