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Kale

Buying

Protection against diabetes, better heart health, more solid bones, better digestion, healthy skin and hair… The virtues granted to kale are numerous.

Similar to other kinds of cabbages, kale grows easily all year long in Ireland. Try to find some locally-produced ones when possible.

Storing

Kale will last longer in the fridge. You can either store the whole bunches or prep them first (kale is one of the only greens that remains fresh even if washed and prepared a few days before). To store the whole bunches, wrap the leaves in kitchen paper or some kind of wrapping, before putting them into the fridge.

Freezing

You can freeze the leaves of the kale after having blanched them (that is to say, boiling them in water for 1 or 2 minutes).

Freezer life

Up to 8 months.

Using up

You can use kale in salads, on toast, in a smoothie, in soup, in pesto or pasta sauces,…There will always be a way to eat kale that pleases you!

Good to know!

It is recommended that people with kidney issues might not eat too much kale because of its high rate in potassium.

 

For information about how to grow your own kale, check Grow it yourself’s website!

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