Kale Is Among The Most Nutrient-Dense Foods on The Planet. There is an abundance of research highlighting the health benefits of kale, and it is clear that this superfood is here to stay.
What is Kale?
Kale is a green, leafy, cruciferous vegetable that is rich in nutrients. Kale actually belongs to cabbage, broccoli, collards and brussels sprouts family. But compared to some leafy greens, kale has a mild taste.
Where can you get kale?
You can find kale in local grocery store or healthy food market. You can also get kale powder.
What is this vegetable called in other languages?
The word ¨kale¨ has become an international name. For example in Spanish language kale is col rizada, but they actually start to use the word kale.
Can you grow it?
It is a plant that needs cold and humidity, and can not stand high temperatures or droughts. Therefore, the northern and central areas of Spain are ideal for cultivation, as are the mountain areas. And don’t worry about frosts in winter, since it resists them well.
The process is simple and relatively fast. The seeds are planted and when approximately 7 days pass, it begins to germinate. For this reason, if you plant on consecutive dates, you can enjoy it throughout the winter.
When the plant is 20 cm tall or already has 4 leaves, not counting the first two, it is time to transplant it. This should be done either directly to the ground, or to pots whose capacity is at least 25 liters. Of course, always in a soil that is abundant in organic matter and nitrogen. The soil should remain moist until the plant has completely taken root and new leaves appear at the top. But be careful not to flood it, it can rot. The temperature should be from 10 to 20ºC, which is where it stays well.
The collection of the leaves will occur more or less after 3 months of having been transplanted, or at 4 after having been sown. It must be between the months of November to March, which is when it tastes better because it is colder. Even if you let it endure some frost, its flavor will improve a lot and it will be sweeter.