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Updated: Nov 10, 2021

There is a reason that kale has such a strong flavor. It becomes apparent when you walk out into a garden, blanketed with snow and gaze upon its vibrant leaves, radiating life from under the ice. Whether or not you can tolerate it in your diet, kale is a worthy resource. Kale’s vigor should not be overlooked by the nutritionist, nor the cold-climate gardener.

A member of the cabbage family, it has been grown for thousands of years in the Mediterranean for its impressive nutritional value. Raw kale has a very high amount of vitamin K and vitamin C. As well it contains all the vitamin Bs and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, and manganese. As a homesteader, staying healthy is vital, and it's no wonder why kale should be incorporated into your cooking routine.

If you don't like the taste of kale it can be cooked in many different ways, albeit at a slight loss of nutrients. Fun fact - kale can actually become sweeter after a frost!

Direct sow in early spring, or grow indoors before setting out early in the growing season for a healthy addition to your diet all year long. In many cases kale will live for a couple years or longer, in which case you can continually harvest leaves from the bottom of the stalk, causing it to grow into a small tree like shape!

Kale: Learn to like it!


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