The Wonders of Kale

M. K. Albus By M. K. Albus, 28th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/40taeobh/
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If you have never eaten Kale you might want to consider some of the points I make in this article.

The Wonders of Kale

Back in the middle ages the most commonly eaten green vegetable was kale. It remains one of the most commonly eaten vegetables in many parts of the world but in modern day America it is one of the lesser eaten green vegetables, which is a shame because it is one of the tastiest and one of the most nutritious of all green vegetables.

Kale is a form of cabbage but unlike more common cabbages its central leaves do not form into a head. It is related to broccoli, cabbage, collard greens, and brussel sprouts. It is a hardy cold weather crop grown in autumn, winter, and spring, in fact its flavor becomes sweeter after it has experienced the first frost. It is eaten raw in salads and cooked in numerous different ways.

Kale is an essential ingredient in the popular East African stew ugali. In traditional Irish cuisine, the dish colcannon is made with mashed potatoes and kale. Brazil's famous national dish, fiejoada, is served with a side dish of chopped and stir-fried kale. Kale is very popular across northern Europe and served throughout Europe. And in Japan, kale juice is commonly drunk as a tonic and nutritional supplement.

The health benefits of kale are quite numerous. Kale has abundant sulfur and its juice can be used to treat stomach or duodenal ulcers. It is a very high source of chlorophyll, iron, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin A. And for those who must avoid dairy products (or anyone for that matter), kale is an exceptional source of calcium.

Kale also includes the phytonutrients indoles and isothiscyanates, which are known to block certain carcinogens. It is also very high in the phytonutrient zeaxanthin, which builds the immune system and helps to prevent several forms of cancer. Kale's high chlorophyll levels help fight viruses and ease congestion in the lungs. Kale is also high in fiber, which, of course, leads to many additional benefits.

Kale is truly a powerhouse vegetable that can help you improve your health and maintain ongoing vibrant health for the rest of your life. The next time you are shopping for groceries do not walk past the kale without picking some up and giving it a try. Look for it at your local farmer's market. In addition to the health benefits, you will also discover a very tasty vegetable to enhance your meals. The season for kale is upon us so enjoy! Here is to your health!

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M. K. Albus is a freelance writer, editor and publisher who writes both opinion columns and informative non-fiction articles on food, environment and sustainability.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jul 2015 (#)

Kale is available easily everywhere and can be grown too at home. Thanks for this share - siva

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author avatar peachpurple
15th Jul 2015 (#)

Oh yes, we do eat kale in our country, expensive veggie though

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