Kale – Yuck or Mmm, Mmm Good?
Kale has been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until recently that this leafy green vegetable became a national craze. It seems like every health-conscious eater is talking about the benefits of kale and how to incorporate it into their diets. But what is the history behind this superfood?
The origin of kale dates back over 2,000 years ago when Greeks and Romans first cultivated it as a food crop. From there, its popularity spread throughout Europe before making its way across the pond to North America in colonial times. Since then, many varieties have been developed including curly kale (the most common type), ornamental or dinosaur kale (which has bumpy leaves) and Russian Red Kale (which has dark purple leaves).
Health-wise, there are plenty of reasons why people should be eating more kale! This cruciferous vegetable contains high levels of vitamins A & C as well as minerals such as calcium & iron which can help boost your immune system. Plus with only 33 calories per cup cooked – you won’t feel guilty indulging in some delicious greens! In this man’s opinion kale is a 4 on the yucky scale of 1-10. However, he does like it salted up like chips. That comes in at about an 8.3569.
If you want to grow your own at home – all you need are some seeds or sets from any local nursery or garden center store; just make sure they get enough sunlight so they don’t become bitter tasting due to lack of light exposure! So if you haven't already jumped on board with everyone else who's passionate about these amazing greens - now might be a good time join them by trying out different recipes featuring fresh Kale today!
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