All Hail Kale for National Kale Day

Field of kale growing in autumn

It’s National Kale Day and we want you to celebrate this amazing and easy-to-grow, brain-boosting veggie. Kale is a leafy green vegetable that is underrated. We want to change that!

Oh, the many wonders of kale.

Honeybees pollinate kale and they absolutely love it. Because of its tolerance to pests, kale is easy to grow organically. When kale plants mature enough to go to seed, they produce small yellow flowers that are attractive to honeybees and other pollinators.

While kale is an annual plant, leaving about a third of the plants to go to seed for the bees increases garden pollination and helps with the chances of reseeding.

A reliable, hardy and easy plant, you can count on kale as a productive member of the garden to make an appearance in both Spring and make a second appearance in the garden in late summer, when replanted.

Kale is one of the most nutrient-filled natural foods on the planet. It’s jammed packed with vitamins and nutrients. With more vitamin C than an orange and enough vitamin K to last you a week, it’s an easy-to-make superfood that’s as good for you to eat as it is for your skin. Kale is also a great source of calcium, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants. It is heart-healthy to boot, with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Purple kale is beautiful in landscape decoration

National Kale Day celebrates decorative kale in landscaping

Part of the cabbage family, kale is considered to be closer to wild cabbage. Kale is typically grown for its edible leaves, although some kale varieties are used for ornamental landscaping. Kale plants have green or purple leaves, and the central leaves do not form a head, as with cabbage. 

Such an interesting plant, kale not only comes in a variety of greens and purples it also offers a variety of textures from curly-leaf to bumpy leafy, flat-leaf and feathery-type leaf and ornamental leaf.

Try these recipes in honor of National Kale Day

Kale first appeared in food in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor. One of the most spectacular aspects of this leafy green is how easy it is to add to your diet. Add it to your morning smoothie and you won’t notice it’s there, but your body will thank you.

Want to add some depth to a vegetable medley stir-fry? Remove a few kale leaves from the rib and toss them in. However you decide to add this amazing green to your diet, you’ll be much better off for it.

Kale Chips

kale chips on industrial table with low lighting on sheet pans with jar of dipping sauce and fork

This Kale Chips recipe features nutritional yeast in place of cheese for a vegan delight that is rich in fiber, iron and all the beneficial properties found within kale. Not every kale chip is this tasty and healthy. I have added these chips to regular stir fry, to soup, and to salads to make it all a little more interesting.

Kale Salad

This kale salad eats like a meal. You will be surprised at how satisfying this simple salad is.

This particular Kale Salad is made with quick pickled onions. It can be served as a starter to a meal or as a meal all on its own. Perfect for a summer picnic. What makes this salad most special for me is making it after foraging in my besties garden. There is nothing more delicious than fresh-picked baby kale leaves right out of the organic garden. Customize with your favorite salad toppings!

Thai Shrimp Stew with Kale

Thai Shrimp Stew

This Thai Shrimp Stew with Kale is a healthy and satisfying dish rich in nutrients and healthy fats. Guilt-free and oh so satisfying. Don’t let the look or the sound of this recipe discourage you from trying it out. It’s really very easy to make and it will impress your entire family! Not a fan of shellfish, no sweat, try this recipe with chicken or even tofu. However you decide to prepare and serve this kale dish it’s bound to be delicious.

Green Smoothie Made With Kale

Bee Green Smoothies with straws with chia seeds and raw spinach, sliced banana and green apple

Adding a few pieces of organic kale to your morning green smoothie makes the day better. Just make sure to only add the leafy bits and not the tough stem (rib) found within the center of the leaf. Your taste buds won’t even notice that it’s in there, and you get the benefit of all these added vitamins and nutrients from raw kale.

We hope this kale recipe roundup inspires you to work the nutrient-rich leafy green into your weekly diet! If you decide to try any of these recipes, be sure to take a snapshot and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

Preparing a delicious kale salad is easy.

About the Author

kara

Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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