Common Name: Kale
Botanical Name: Brassica oleracea var. Acephala
Growing Area: Grown worldwide in temperate climates
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Kale, a leafy member of the cabbage family, is an annual plant that is best grown in cool weather. The Kale leaves wilt and become bitter in heat, yet it can survive a frost quite easily. Kale is most commonly a forest green in color, although some red and purple varieties do exist. The leaves of the Kale plant vary from ruffled and curly to straight in texture, depending on the variety, and grow loosely, not forming a head like cabbage. Kale fully matures in approximately in 50 to 60 days, however it is often picked young for a mellower flavor. Kale is commonly eaten cooked although it can be used raw in salads.
Nutrients & Applications:
Kale is a very good source of Vitamin K, as well as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, copper and manganese. This nutritious leafy green also contains dietary fiber, thiamin, riboflavin, folate, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. As is common in cruciferous vegetables, Kale has numerous compounds contained in its curly leaves that may be beneficial to one's health. One such compound is indole-3-carbinol, which may support colon health, and also sulforaphane, which has been shown to be beneficial for cardiovascular health. Kale also has the 3,3'-Diindolylmethane compound, which research shows may support the health of the pancreas. Studies have also shown that Kale may also be beneficial to the cardiovascular system as well as the bladder.*