How To Eat The Most Deliciously Flavorful Kale

If you've never tried kale, here's what you'll need to know to choose, buy, and store this good-for-you healthy, tasty, vegetable.
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How to Eat the Most Deliciously Flavorful Kale

How To Choose Kale for Cooking, Salads & More!

For years I overlooked kale as a vegetable to include in my family’s diet. For some odd reason, I had always thought of it as a strong-flavored vegetable without a lot of possibilities. Boy Oh Boy, was I WRONG!

A cabbage type vegetable that doesn’t grow a head, kale is low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol. It’s a great source of dietary fiber, protein, tons of vitamins, and nutrients — a super-healthy whole food member of the cruciferous vegetable family. I’ve learned to love it whether cooked or used fresh in salads and even smoothies.

The Trick Is In Learning How To Choose It!

For tenderness and mild-flavor, you’ll want to choose smaller-leaved kale, especially if you plan to eat the greens raw. Coarse, oversized leaves tend to be tough. Look for moist, crisp, unwilted and unblemished leaves that are free from tiny holes (indicating insect damage). The leaves should not be yellowed or brown. Kale stems are edible. The smaller the stem, the more tender, so check to be sure that this part of the vegetable is also in good condition.

About Storage...

The longer that kale is stored, the stronger the flavor will be. Most times, you’ll want to use it within a day or two of purchase. To keep it, wrap the unwashed leaves in damp paper towels, then store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

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How to Eat the Most Deliciously Flavorful Kale - The Trick Is In Learning How To Choose It!

How to Choose Kale for Cooking, Salads & More!
Total Time2 mins
Cost: Avg. price $1.10/bunch

Equipment

  • None

Materials

  • 2 Damp paper towels
  • 1 Plastic bag

Instructions

  • For tenderness and mild-flavor, you’ll want to choose smaller-leaved kale, especially if you plan to eat the greens raw.
    small leaves of kale
  • Discard any oversized leaves or leaves with tiny holes or blemishes (indicating insect damage). Coarse, oversized leaves tend to be tough. Look for moist, crisp, unwilted, and unblemished leaves that are free from tiny holes.
    coarse over-sized leaves with blemishes
  • The leaves should not be yellowed or brown.
    don't choose leaves that are yellowed or brown
  • Kale stems are edible. The smaller the stem, the more tender, so check to be sure that this part of the vegetable is also in good condition.
    small kale stems
  • To remove kale stems, pull back the leafy part away from the stem on the underside of the leaf, then tear the stem off, or cut it away.
    removing kale stems
  • The longer that kale is stored, the stronger the flavor will be.
    stored kale
  • To keep it, wrap the unwashed leaves in damp paper towels, then store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.
    kale stored in a bag
  • Most times, you’ll want to use kale within a day or two of purchase.
    smaller-leaved kale

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