In case you missed it –  1 Oct was officially National Kale Day

 

Kale

Kale growing in our garden amidst the poppies

 

Kale growing in our garden amidst the poppies

We feed the hard outer leaves to the chickens and find that the egg yolks are very yellow – I always feel I need to explain to guests that these are eggs from chickens fed on Kale and Spinach leaves. For nutritional value you can google kale and come up with a million sources of information – and if there is any doubt regarding the properties of kale as superfood – take a look these eggs: the ones on the left are store bought organic large eggs – the ones on the right are from our hens!

My daughter’s Dutch friend Anneke told us that Kale freezes well and actually tastes sweeter after being exposed to cold – which means that we now pick the leaves and leave them in the fridge before we use them. You can wrap the leaves in a moistened kitchen towel before you pop it into the fridge and you’ll find that it stays fresh for days.  The Dutch  use it  in a traditional winter dish called stamppot boerenkool, which is a mix of kale and mashed potatoes, sometimes with fried bits of bacon added to it.

Kale  can be classified by leaf type:


Curly-leaved

Plain-leaved

Rape kale (we saw large fields of these in New Zealand, where it is used for animal feed)
Leaf and spear (a cross between curly-leaved and plain-leaved kale)
Cavolo nero (also known as black cabbage)

 

 

 

Try this delicious Smoothie recipe:

  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 banana
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 3 leaves kale
  • 1 cup cucumber
Instructions
  1. combine ingredients in blender and blend.
  2. why not give each guest s  a shot glass of this bright green health drink to start their day!