Kale is an unusual and alluring looking vegetable that is packed to the brim with goodness and nutrients. This queen of the greens is quickly growing in popularity as more and more people are hearing about this nutritious and tasty powerhouse. Move over spinach, there is a new green superstar on the block!
Kale, a hardy member of the cabbage family, is one of the healthiest vegetables around. It has a delicate sweet earthy flavor. Although kale comes in many varieties, the most commonly seen, and stunning to behold is curly kale, which grows with deep green, heavily ruffled leaves. Considering the extreme nutrient content and benefit to the human body, kale is very easy to grow, and is even resilient to light frosts.
Much like other vegetables of the same family, such as broccoli and cauliflower, kale is a descendant of the wild cabbage – a plant that originated in Asia before spreading to Europe around 600 BC by Celtic nomads. It became an extremely important crop during the time of the Roman Empire, as well as a staple in the diet of European peasants during the Middle-ages. Its use has persevered up until today, where it has made a resurgence in popularity within the last decade due to emphasis on its powerful health benefits.