This page is dedicated to kale – one of the most hardy of all vegetables. That’s only one of the reasons why we should use more of this under-rated veggie. Read on to see why…..

Kale is a form of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. It is also the most robust cabbage type – its hardiness unmatched by any other vegetable. It rarely suffers from pests or diseases and is the result of man’s artificial selection for enlargement of leaves in the wild mustard plant. Because kale can grow well into winter, one variety of Rape Kale is called ‘Hungry Gap’, named after the period in winter when little could be harvested in traditional agriculture. Kale freezes well and actually tastes sweeter after being exposed to a frost.

It is an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, Folic Acid, vitamin K and Carotenoids, making it a real ‘super-food’! Of course, it has fibre in it too and well and truly counts towards your ‘Eat 5 a day’ fruit and veg quota. (Facts courtesy of Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia).

As winter is looming, we often hear customers inwardly groan at the prospect of getting kale, again, in their box. Well, now we know that kale is supposedly the new ‘super-food’, we think there should be a concerted effort to embrace this hardy vegetable and see who can come up with the best recipe for kale. If you have any good kale recipes that you would like to share with other box customers, please do send them in. Any published will receive a bar of organic chocolate. We will publish them here on the website and in our weekly newsletter (not every week!) Come the spring, customers can vote on their favourite recipe.

Do try the recipes and let us know ‘how it was for you!’ Email your comments back to us at [email protected] – we’ll print the best comments here!

Just click on one of the links below to see the recipe as a Word document.

For more REALLY interesting kale facts, have a look at www.wikipedia.org – did you know, for example, there are areas of Germany (i.e. Bremen) that celebrate kale with a festival involving consuming large quantities of kale, sausage and schnapps!