Kale, Kale, Kale

In a comment to our post of January 21 of this year, our good friend Lévana Kirschenbaum suggested that we discuss the different types of kale available on the American market. While it’s more easily found in autumn and winter, you can still find it even now.

The most commonly found is the Curly Kale sometimes known as Scottish Kale

Kale, Curly Kale, or Scottish Kale

Kale, Curly Kale, or Scottish Kale

For a delightful vegetarian recipe made with this version of kale and a meat variation of it check out our Caldo Verde.

Another fairly common variety is Russian or Red Kale…

Russian or Red Kale

Russian or Red Kale

Red or Russian Kale has a softer texture, is slightly sweeter than Curly Kale and has a somewhat buttery taste. When used together with the more common variety it produces a nice color combination while adding a subtle sweetness to the dish.

For tomorrow’s breakfast I will use Red Kale to make this delicious sounding recipe which I just found (on Kalyn’s Kitchen

Photo from: Kalyn's Kitchen

Photo from: Kalyn’s Kitchen

The most delicious kind of kale, however is Tuscan Kale or Cavalo Nero

Tuscan Kale or Cavalo Nero

Tuscan Kale or Cavalo Nero

Used mostly in Tuscan dishes, it’s hard to go back to any other kind of kale after savoring this tender and nicely flavored variety.

Kale is descended from the wild cabbages of southern Europe. It thrives in cold weather but grows successfully all over the world. The addition of some baby kale juice will spruce up any raw carrot juice drink. Kale is an excellent source of beta carotene and vitamin C; it is a good source of folate, calcium iron and potassium; it contains bioflavonoids and other substances that protect against cancer. It’s only known drawback is that it may produce gas in some people.

When you make a salad, a soup, a fritata, don’t forget to use kale for a superbly delicious and healthy addition.


4 Responses to “Kale, Kale, Kale”

  1. 2 Yetzer Tov
    May 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Kale is virtually impossible to check for bugs. Every bug you eat you transgress 4 sins. This is equivalent to 156 lashes! (39×4) Now multiply this by numerous bugs in the kale, and your looking at receiving thousands of lashes!! Is it worth it?! all for a little funny lettuce!
    Just Keep kosher… this is indeed called the Kosher Scene.


    • May 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Thank you for your concern, Yetzer Tov, I greatly appreciate it and am honored that you choose to read our blog. Having said that, since almost everybody else seems to have no problem with it, the post stays. You do not have to accept or eat what you do not like, it’s your prerogative, at the same time as long as you have expressed your concerns everyone else can either listen to you or rely on the possek of their choice.


  2. May 15, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    We just can’t be bothered with curmudgeons like Yetzer Tov, life is just too short. I am also quite certain that anyone calling themselves Yetzer Tov would never express themselves that way. Beware who might get those 156 lashes! Kosher Scene is 100% Kosher, there are enough fans and friends to vouch for that, but Yetzer Tov I am not so sure. In my opinion, anyone who has absolutely nothing nice to say is well advised to shut up! We’ll continue to enjoy our kale and other little funny lettuce, at home, in kosher (Repeat: Kosher) restaurants and everywhere, and we won’t for a moment miss Yetzer Tov at any of the heathen venues serving it!


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