Availability: All Year Around
What to look out for
When buying kale, try to for the ones which present a firm and crisp structure with deep green colours. The stems of the kale should be moist and strong.
Try to avoid the ones that express discolouration, wilting and mushiness. Also, bad kale bunches will contain odour and mould spots.
Kale bunches can be stored into 2 different ways:
- Fridge: In order to store the vegetable in the fridge, the kale must be place unwashed inside a zip-top bag or a glass container with paper towels to absorb the extra humidity. Then placed inside the coldest drawer of the fridge. The vegetable will last up to seven day in this way.
- Freezer: To store the vegetable in the freezer, first it must be blanched, and dried up completely. Once these two first steps are done, spread the kale into a baking sheet with parchment paper and place it on the freezer for at least 3 hours. Then remove the tray from freezer, transfer the kale to a container and place it back into the freezer. The vegetable will last up to 6 months.
Kale is one of the most nutritional dense foods on the planet while being extremely low in calories. The consumption of Kale is strongly associate with drastically increasing the amount of nutrients in the body.
There are two nutrients in Kale that will provide a degree of protection in our eyes, in other words, Lutein and Zeaxanthinare linked to minimise the risks of macular degeneration and cataracts.
Overall Health Improvements
Kale is not only nutritional dense, but it is also antioxidants dense. Quercetin and Kaempferol are two important antioxidants found in abundance in Kale, and these compounds have several benefits effects on the body.