I had no idea how drought tolerant kale was, until this summer. The bonus was no slugs. It's low maintenance and grows surprisingly fast, so I'm rounding out my 15 minute gardener week with an homage to one of my favorite vegetables. I've already got my 2nd batch of the summer growing and I've started some more seedlings to over-winter. Love the stuff.
My favorite is Tuscan kale, the puckered, blue-gray variety sometimes called lacinato, dinosaur kale or nero di Toscana, if you're a gourmet. I'm also partial to ‛Red Russian' kale. The leaves grow huge, yet stay tender. And it seems to be virtually pest free (fingers crossed).
Kale goes way beyond a side dish. It can even be a fun food to eat and it's packed with vitamins and minerals. I warn you, kale chips are easy to make and quite addictive.
- Kale Pesto
- White Beans with Kale Greek Style
- Creamy Kale Salad
- Kale Chips and Kale-Dusted Popcorn
- Growing Kale
Photo: © Marie Iannotti