Here's What You Need To Know About Kale

Kale salad. Kale chips. Kale as a burrito shell. Kale smoothies. Sautéed kale. Kale with pine nuts. Kale in your cupcakes. Much like Bubba has shrimp, health food has kale.

If your curious about kale keep reading for a few quick facts. If your over Kale, read about lemons.

Our friend kale has been around for centuries. Kale is a member of the cruciferous family and counts brussell sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and that intrepid member, wild cabbage among its close relatives. The scientifically studied antioxidant properties of kale have been one of the causes of its seemingly overnight sensation. So was Gwyneth Paltrow who made kale chips on Ellen.

Kale comes in a few different forms with great names such as dinosaur kale and red Russian kale. Curly kale is one of the most recognisable. As far as dark green leafy veg goes, kale is pretty darn impressive.

High in vitamin K, A & C as well as a decent stash of vitamin B6, Kale goes a long way towards providing essential vitamins.

Mineral wise, Kale provides a generous amount of manganese, copper and calcium. It is a good source of iron for vegetarians.

Kale also boasts a high fibre content that is beneficial for both digestion and those with high cholesterol.  Great for healthy liver function and possessing powerful anti-inflammatory actions, those bitter tasting dark green and purple kale leaves really are pretty super.

Found in abundance at farmers markets, kale is also fairly easy to grow  (its growth was encouraged during World War Two due to its hardiness) and does best in the cooler months.

Versatile, nutritious and tasty is seems kale deserves it’s superfood status.