"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Friday, April 12, 2013

K is for Kale

K is for Kale

Home Harvest 2012

Survives frost
Steaming deliciously into soup
Soothing meal

close up of our Kale 2012

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and rich in calcium. Kale is a source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin.[3] Kale, as with broccoli and other brassicas, contains sulforaphane (particularly when chopped or minced), a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties.[4] Boiling decreases the level of sulforaphane; however, steaming, microwaving, or stir frying do not result in significant loss.[5] Along with other brassica vegetables, kale is also a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical which boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.[6][7] Kale has been found to contain a group of resins known as bile acid sequestrants, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and decrease absorption of dietary fat. Steaming significantly increases these bile acid binding properties
For other A-Z participants somersault over here:


Sandee said...

And it's good too.

Have a terrific day and weekend. ☺

Dana said...

I love kale! It's too bad my kids are so crazy about it...

Happy Friday!

Unknown said...

That's a good one. :)

stephen Hayes said...

My mother is 88 and she cooks a pot of kale soup nearly every week. She just loves it; me, not too much.

messymimi said...

Yum! It's wonderful so many ways.

Anonymous said...

I work at a vegetable market in the summer, and when my boss isn't looking, my best friend and I like to have kale fights. It makes a great nunchuck. ;)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I've never had Kale. I really need to eat more green things :)

Anonymous said...

Kale is very popular here- lots of different varities; tha looks like Cavelo Nero. I grow Red Russian, Curly Kale and Cavelo Nero.

It's a lovely leafy veg/ steamed with garlic and onions.