A lot of the cookbooks and vegan nutrition books that I have perused have had two vegetables pop up in recipes over and over - kale and collard greens, which seem to be fairly popular and findable in the USA. For the life of me, this Australian had no idea what these were, how to cook them, how they tasted and most importantly, where to buy them.
And then I got lucky - I found kale!
Why lucky? Well, as it turns out, kale is jam packed full of nutrients! This super veggie is a leafy green, related to the cabbage family. There is the plain leaf type and the curly leaf, which comes in a few varieties. I found the curly leafed kind.
Kale is a very rich source of beta carotene and zeaxanthin which are flavonoids that have a strong anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properites. Kale is also very rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin K Not to mention B6 and Iron.
So what does it taste like? Well, I decided to keep it simple for my first try and just steamed it in the microwave. The great thing about kale is that it keeps its texture and shape! It does not melt down like spinach tends to. The kale leaves are chewy, slightly sweet with a nutty flavour.
Kale was a hit in my home. I then started making plans for kale, like trying a simple little recipe for oven roasted kale chips...and then disaster struck. My kale source disappeared! I originally found this veggie being sold at the UWA markets on Tuesdays, by an organic grower. But after a few weeks, they disappeared. So now, I am in search of a new source for my kale fix.
If anyone living in Perth knows of where I may get my hands on some, please let me know!
Oh....and as for collard greens - I still have never seen them on sale anywhere here. *sigh*
Sometimes it ain't easy eating green.